DAMN EHD IS BACK! It’s been nearly 12 years since the last outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease turned up on our southern Indiana farm and took a heavy toll of resident deer.
Today I found this young buck dead in a creek bed after a neighbor reported the same finding on his nearby farm nearly two weeks ago. I later saw a sickly buck here but didn’t find a carcass.
I’m (scouting and) counting 15 to 25 whitetails daily so far this month and all appear in good health. Praying they’ll stay that way.
It takes a killing frost to kill the gnats that transmit EHD and fall is a long way off. Thankfully, EHD is not contagious but the flying bugs are the real problem.
An area game warden confirmed that EHD has now been confirmed in 10 Indiana counties so far.
After a few wet years, It has been hot and dry in many areas for the last 2 months, and those conditions are conducive to an outbreak of EHD.