The deadly disease EHD may have been the cause of this bucks death.
Here in Kansas whitetails were hit hard by the deadly disease EHD and it made for some tough deer hunting. Although I didn’t personally find any dead deer I did get several different reports from local farmers and hunters that found many dead deer. It seems our area was on the outer edge, getting worse as you go north of here of what was supposedly one of the hardest hit areas in Kansas. I talked to an outfitter who found seventeen bucks in one small pond. That had to be heart breaking. I also talked to a friend who was hunting WIHA (walk in hunting access) land that found several big bucks when they were hunting in November, the biggest being aroud 170″. You just hate hearing the stories of all the dead deer being found.
What is the deadly disease EHD? What causes it? Can it be prevented? These are just a few of the questions I had when I heard that it was the cause of the dead deer everyone was finding around here. So I started trying to learn as much as I could about this deadly disease EHD, and these are a few of the things I learned from various sources.
Deadly Disease EHD
- Epizootic hemorrhagic disease the deadly disease EHD is caused by viruses that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, cows, and sheep, but is worse most often for the white-tailed deer
- most commonly occurs during the late summer and early fall usually ends after the first frost
- characterized by extensive hemorrhages
- closely related to the blue-tongue virus
- very high mortality rate
- transmitted by a virus transmitted by a small biting fly genus Culicoides, some call them gnats, midges, no-see-ums, they are a small fly, three species are the primary transmitters of the viruses, the most significant transmitter is Culicoides sonorensis
- high fevers lead deer to water where they lay in it to cool off because of the high fever they eventually become unconscious and die
- not known to infect humans
- worse in abnormally hot, dry summers
- occurs in places that are ideal midge breeding areas – warm, shallow, murky, exposed to direct sun, with muddy bank that is often visited by deer, cattle, or feral hogs
Can EHD Be Prevented?
I found that there are some things you can do to help slow EHD and I’m all for that. I found a great article by Quality Deer Management Association that has some awesome information on ways to help slow EHD in your areas, please go and read this QDMA article and learn ways to help prevent EHD.
EHD is a terrible disease for the white-tailed deer and can really have a huge impact on a herd in certain locations hit hard. If you love whitetails as much as I do it would be smart to learn what can be done to help slow this disease and help spread that information to local farmers, neighbors, hunters, land owners and such.
Links for more Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Information
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If you deer hunt choosing the right camouflage pattern can make a big difference in success and failure. Do you change your camouflage pattern to blend in with your environment?
Pick a camouflage pattern that blends with the time of year you will be hunting.
I think it is important when deer hunting to naturally blend in with the foliage around you. There are many different brands of camouflage on the market to choose from, it’s important to pick one that is similar to the foliage you will be hunting. The last thing I want when hunting big bucks is for a buck to see me before I see it. Deer are smart, especially big bucks. I do believe that the number one thing deer see is movement, but I also believe you need to blend in. Early in the season the foliage is mostly nice and green, that’s when I like to use the US Army ca-mo pattern. I was in the Army, and I really like that pattern early in the season. I’ve had big bucks, and does for that matter walk right up to me when I have this pattern on, as long as I have foliage around me and I don’t make any movement that the deer can pick up on they won’t see me. I like to make sure I wear a head net, paint my face, and wear gloves. This pattern works well all when everything is nice and green, but when the leaves change and I’m hunting in hardwoods I like to find a pattern that is similar to the colors of the hardwoods, Realtree and MossyOak have some wonderful patterns for all times of the year. If I was to ever go to Canada deer hunting in the snow I would wear a good snow pattern to blend in. It’s always good to give yourself every little edge you can when hunting, especially for big bucks. Blending in is just one more way to help you be more successful at constantly taking trophy whitetails.
One time I was perched in a white oak early during bow season. The leaves were still green and I had foliage all around me, I had on a camouflage pattern that matched my background, and I had a nice eight pointer come right up to my tree. I had my face painted and my gloves on, he never even saw me. My camouflage did its job, I just didn’t do mine. I missed him at almost point blank range, he ducked my arrow and ran out in a clear cut and turned around and started blowing at me, but he never saw me because I blended in. That buck could not figure out what I was, I looked like a tree to him. That’s why it’s important to blend in, you will be more successful if you do.
I found this antler shed hunting.
I need to get back out shed hunting after all this snow is gone and look for more. I recently got out and did a little shed hunting and was lucky enough to find one nice shed in a cut bean field.
I have heard of several really nice sheds being found and I hope to find a few in the next couple of weeks. Last year I didn’t find a single shed and I did a lot of walking. For some reason the properties I hunt don’t seem to have very many sheds every year. Shed hunting is a lot of fun and it is nice to find sheds of deer that are on the property where you are hunting. I really like seeing pictures of bucks people have taken and they have their previous years sheds in the picture, that is really neat.
Snow Stressful On Deer
Well we have had a ton of snow here in Kansas and we need the moisture bad so it’s a good thing but I know this time of year can be a big stress on deer. Food sources are hard to come by this time of year and the snow makes it really tough on them. I am putting out supplemental feed this time of year to help the deer make it through this really tough stretch of bad weather, they are really coming to the corn this time of year on the property I hunt. Also coyotes can be tough on them this time of year as well. I have seen several coyotes since we’ve had snow, the cold weather makes them have to get out more and find more food to survive, and the weaker deer can be the one’s they go after. I plan on getting after some coyotes as soon as this snow melts. They can really be tough on the deer and I plan on being tough on them and get rid of a few of them.
Kansas Whitetail Hunting Show
A few weeks ago we had a blast at the second annual Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas deer hunting show. It was an unbelievable show and was a lot of fun. I had planned on taking tons of pictures but I dropped my camera and broke it, so much for getting a lot of great pictures. There were some amazing big bucks entered in the Monster Buck Contest and great vendors and the celebrity hunters were all awesome. I really enjoyed meeting Troy Laundry of Swamp People, he is such a nice man. I also enjoyed talking to Drury Outdoors Dan Thurston he is a great guy and the whole Nock On crew were there and very nice and fun to talk to. It really was an awesome show and we can’t wait until next years show. This is a picture of Dan Thurston and I standing in front of Dan’s neat 1963 Chevrolet van at the Monster Buck Classic.
Don’t forget now is the time to start getting ready for next deer season. It is a great time to put out mineral lick sites for the deer and it will be time to plant those food plots soon.