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2020 EHD Report

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2020 EHD Report

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is the most common ailment among whitetail deer. It’s transmitted by biting midges and typically kills the host within a week. In the final days of an infected deer’s life, they’ll experience high fever, ulcers, difficulty breathing, loss of awareness, and swelling in...
Beggar’s Lice: A Deer Hunter’s Friend and Foe

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Beggar’s Lice: A Deer Hunter’s Friend and Foe

While scouting a new property in college I noticed every single deer on trail cam was covered in vegetation. The wiry, green plants clung to the thin, orange coats of whitetails and camouflaged them better than any hunting gear could. I had no idea what the foliage was or where it came from. My...
Will Deer Eat Yellow Soybeans?

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Will Deer Eat Yellow Soybeans?

Deer hunters draw on a lot of wisdom passed down through generations. Often it becomes so widely accepted that it’s almost considered fact, like the idea that deer move more during cold fronts or that rutting bucks taste worse. Another one of those whitetail “facts” that everyone believes is that...
2019 EHD Report

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2019 EHD Report

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is the most common disease among whitetail deer. It’s transmitted by biting midges, and typically kills the host within a week. In the final days of an infected deer’s life, they’ll experience high fevers, ulcers, difficulty breathing, loss of awareness, and swelling in...
How Do Deer Respond to Floods?

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How Do Deer Respond to Floods?

Early last summer, heavy rain caused swollen creeks and rivers to flood prime whitetail country across Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and Missouri. This spring, it happened again as unseasonal snowfall and biblical rains swallowed up farmland in South Dakota, North Dakota and Illinois. For some hunters, this...
2018: The Year of Record Breaking Bucks

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2018: The Year of Record Breaking Bucks

On Jan. 5, a small group of men gathered around an exceptional whitetail rack in Illinois. With measuring tape in hand, they spent the next three hours tallying up the inches of antler. Luke Brewster, the hunter responsible for arrowing the deer, sat impatiently, waiting for the results. It had been...
Why Whitetails are Shedding Early

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Why Whitetails are Shedding Early

Although it was warm for December, I couldn’t help but shiver as the whitetail’s rack grew wider with each step closer. At 130 yards, I battled through buck fever and touched off a shot. Blaukš! The deer dropped in its tracks. I quickly gathered my gear and set off to claim one of my biggest bucks...