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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Northern Plains hit hard by deer-killing disease

White-tailed deer populations in parts of eastern Montana and elsewhere in the Northern Plains could take years to recover from a devastating disease that killed thousands of the animals in recent months, wildlife officials and hunting outfitters said.

In northeast Montana, officials said 90 percent or more of whitetail have been killed along a 100-mile stretch of the Milk River from Malta to east of Glasgow. Whitetail deaths also have been reported along the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in western North Dakota and eastern Montana and scattered sites in Wyoming, South Dakota and eastern Kansas.

The deaths are being attributed to an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD.
For those guys considering a trip west for deer...might want to check with your outfitter to see how thier areas fared.

Northern Plains hit hard by deer-killing disease

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 08:29 PM
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Re: Northern Plains hit hard by deer-killing disease

Yea, sad for sure. Heard about this when it was running rampant. My best farm experienced a 75% kill in 07 but is back up and running now.

It will come back but take several years of no new infections and limited harvest.

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Re: Northern Plains hit hard by deer-killing disease

It was the same in eastern WY in Oct. of 2011. We found the antelope and deer few and far between, not like it was in 2009 when we were there last.
We will have to find a new place to hunt or wait a few years for the deer and antelope populations to come back.
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