As the weekend draws closer many hunters are getting more and more anxious for the 2012 Wisconsin Deer opener. Last week we talked about deer numbers across the state as well as here in Door and Kewaunee counties. This week we are going to talk about the effects of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or EHD as well as a couple more safety tips.
On a recent trip out to South Dakota I talked with a group of whitetail hunters who expressed concern over a disease that was taking a toll on their Deer Herd. EHD is a viral disease that affects a variety of big game animals. It is closely related to another known condition called blue tongue. The cause is from small little bugs called no-see-ums. There have been confirmed cases of EHD in southern counties in Wisconsin, but no confirmed cases in Door or Kewaunee counties. Deer afflicted with EHD will not be afraid of humans, will have foam around their mouths, and look fatigued. There is no known evidence that EHD can harm humans. If you have any questions about EHD please contact your local game warden.
With the hunt getting closer by the day safety must be on the minds of everyone who ventures out into the woods. One of the most overlooked safety items is a safety harness. A safety harness is a device that if you were to fall out of your tree stand it would catch you from hitting the ground. Remember that blaze orange is required to be worn on 50% of your body so other hunters can see you. Let's make sure that the 2012 gun deer season is one of the safest on record.
Good luck to all hunters and remember to tune in to 104.1 FM every evening of the hunt for the Deer Hunters Round-up with Nick Freimuth and the Buck Baggin' Barber Dennis Anschutz.