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EHD again,
Montana
Contributors to this thread:
sbschindler 13-Oct-21
sbschindler 13-Oct-21
Larry 13-Oct-21
HUNT MAN 14-Oct-21
ROUGHCOUNTRY 26-Oct-21
ROUGHCOUNTRY 26-Oct-21
ROUGHCOUNTRY 26-Oct-21
sbschindler 27-Oct-21
Whitney 04-Nov-21
JL 05-Nov-21
From: sbschindler
13-Oct-21
EHD Found In Several Areas In Eastern Montana

Tuesday, October 12th 2021

GLASGOW-Over the last several weeks, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has received reports of dead or dying white-tailed deer in the major river drainages in eastern Montana. Early indications showed patterns and symptoms similar to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), and several dead deer had samples submitted for testing. Early results indicate that at least some of the sampled deer tested positive for EHD.

In northeast Montana, the furthest western extent of the disease appears to be along the Milk River near Saco, then east along the Milk and Missouri Rivers to North Dakota, with varying degrees of whitetail mortality in between.

In southeast Montana, the most severe areas have been reported on the Yellowstone River between Glendive and Sidney as well as many areas throughout Carter County. Impacts to local populations can be highly variable, with some areas seeing high mortality rates and others seeing minimal impacts. Hunters should plan accordingly if they plan to hunt in one of the affected areas. Furthermore, surplus whitetail B-license (699-00) in Region 6 were decreased by 2,000 in response to the disease. FWP staff will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public updated on the extent of the outbreak.

How you can help! FWP would like to get an idea of the distribution and severity of this disease. If you find dead or dying white-tailed deer, please contact your area biologist or FWP office. If possible, provide information on the species, number of individuals, behaviors and symptoms observed, and a general location. What is EHD? EHD is an infectious, sometimes fatal virus that is usually spread by a virus-carrying gnat or midge. Many animals affected with EHD lose their appetite, often are drawn to water, lose their fear of people, grow weak, and typically die. This disease is often confused with “blue tongue,” which is a separate, but similar, disease. EHD is not transmissible to humans.

EHD is not uncommon in central and eastern Montana in late summer or early fall. The disease mostly impacts white-tailed deer, but also shows up occasionally in mule deer and antelope. EHD outbreaks typically occur in river bottoms and large creek bottoms, likely due to higher concentrations of white-tailed deer and the insects that transmit EHD. These outbreaks often end when a hard frost kills the insect vectors that carry the disease.

With cooler temperatures forecasted across the state, biologists are hoping the weather will slow down the insect vectors. However, there may be more transmission of the disease until a hard frost eliminates the adult insects, and FWP will not know the full extent of the outbreak until then. Can hunters harvest deer with EHD?

Hunters usually do not harvest animals infected with EHD because animals typically die within 8 to 36 hours from the onset of disease. In most years, the majority of deer are harvested during the Montana general (rifle) hunting season, which is long after a killing frost marks the end of EHD for the year.

If a hunter does harvest an animal that is symptomatic with EHD, it may not be fit for consumption due to the hemorrhages within in the body. Contact your local FWP office if concerned about the consumption of a harvested animal.

From: sbschindler
13-Oct-21
while pheasant hunting this past week I've seen several dead deer, most all were bucks and just on the verge of being a very nice buck, its so disappointing

From: Larry
13-Oct-21
Sorry to hear that Steve. We are seeing some decent frost on the west side and hope it hurries to your side and stops this. Thanks for a very informative and well done article

From: HUNT MAN
14-Oct-21
So sad. Seems to happen more and more these days. Hoping this cold snap killed all the bugs.

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
26-Oct-21

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My youngest son and I did a float on the Milk river the second day of youth season and we were disappointed in the numbers of deer and the dead bucks we found totaling 8. I also suspect many are up in the woods and others simply sunk in the river already as the ones we found typically were hung up in shallow riffles.

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
26-Oct-21

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Beautiful float nonetheless...…….

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
26-Oct-21

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We did get one "trophy" and that was this pristine petrified buffalo skull buried in the Milk river muck......I spotted the orange tipped horn sticking out of the mud under water and we spent about a half hour digging the rest out.

From: sbschindler
27-Oct-21
good pics Mike, sorry to say I've been seeing the same

From: Whitney
04-Nov-21
We have IB74W here in Blaine County (Invasion by Flathead, Missoula, and Washington plates).... It's as devastating as EHD and is getting worse each year. I was pheasant hunting opening day and was walking back to my truck and two trucks with Missoula plates stop next to my truck, jump out and start blasting away. Yesterday I was out south of town and popped over a hill and here are two other vehicles from Missoula with doors wide open in the middle of the road and a guy is trying to shoot at a group of Muley Does running across the field. My neighbor pulled out of block mgt. because of too many problems with people from Flathead County.... I hate block mgt.

From: JL
05-Nov-21

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I ran into several road hunters on the opener off of Hwy 200 NE of Missoula. I don't know where they were from but they were slow-rolling down the roads. I came across this ATV on my way out. There were two young girls (12 - 14ish) on the back with un-cased rifles and the adult driver was going slow down the road. I thought that was asking for a shakedown from da' man if they get caught.

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