EHD in Deer: Here’s What You Need to Know

Photo of a dead buck with EHD laying by a water hole.
Incidences of hemorrhagic disease (HD) were few and far between in the early 2000s. That has changed dramatically in the past 2 decades. What is Hemorrhagic Disease? According to the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS), HD is an infectious, viral disease of deer, elk, pronghorn and bighorn sheep. It is a blood-borne disease transmitted …

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CWD Roundup – July 2022

CWD Roundup is the National Deer Association’s (NDA) bi-monthly update on all things chronic wasting disease (CWD). We’ll provide the latest updates on CWD spread, research and policy from across North America. Updates are provided alphabetically by state and province. Colorado In early May, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) presented results of mandatory testing for …

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Why Are These 3 Whitetail Bucks So Different in Size?

“He’s a good buck for the area.” My guess is you have heard this phrase many times and may have even said it yourself. It’s a well-intentioned congratulatory statement to someone who has taken an exceptional buck, but it carries a less than exemplary accolade. What’s often implied when we say a buck is good …

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Aflatoxin in Corn Harms Deer and Turkeys. These 3 Steps Prevent Trouble.

Many avid hunters want to support a healthy deer population, and some try to do this by providing supplemental feed. There are potential positive impacts from a properly conducted supplemental feeding program, but there are also risks, even under the best of conditions. One risk is toxins produced by fungi.  Aflatoxins are toxic chemicals produced …

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Melanistic Whitetails: How Rare Are Black Deer?

This article was updated on May 16, 2022. Each fall, deer hunters see or harvest albino or piebald whitetails and discuss what a rare occurrence that is. But an even greater rarity exists: melanistic whitetails. Melanistic whitetails are a true gem of whitetail color morphs. With very low odds for this genetic mutation and low …

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