From my friend Mark Drury: Bitter sweet shed hunt (the other) weekend…we found some awesome Dream Sheds but EHD took some 36 bucks off of the (property). Here are just a few of them. 2012 will go down as one of the worst years for hemorrhagic disease (mostly strains of a virus known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD, but which also includes the closely related blue tongue virus). Have you found any dead bucks while you’re out knocking around the woods, looking for sheds or turkeys?
From the Missouri Dept. of Conservation: On the evening of Wednesday, March 13, an antler shed hunter discovered a large, near-record set of non-typical antlers while searching the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Preliminary reports say the rack has 37 points and scores in the 270s. The buck was likely 5 ½ to 6 1/2. It will be one of the top 5 NT bucks ever grown in Missouri. Nobody knows for sure what killed the buck last summer/fall, but it’s safe to assume he was another victim of the big EHD outbreak of 2012. BTW, the shed hunter gets to keep the rack that he found on state land, but a paper he was issued [...]
From the Buckmasters Facebook page: Buckmasters and the BTR announce the biggest buck of 2012! We verified this is a wild, free-roaming buck and not an escapee from a deer farm. Unfortunately, it was the victim of EHD and found by someone in Kansas who wishes to remain anonymous, recovered with an official salvage tag.