As Warm Autumn Continues, So Does EHD Risk

Take a look at the [map](/node/add/That may make bowhunting uncomfortable, but I bring this to your attention for another reason: It's not too late for an outbreak of EHD, the dreaded whitetail killer that has swept across various parts of the nation the last three years.) below. That's the government's temperature prediction for the next week. It's gonna be warm across most of America's Whitetail Belt.

That may make bowhunting uncomfortable, but I bring this to your attention for another reason: It's not too late for an outbreak of EHD, the dreaded whitetail killer that has swept across various parts of the nation the last three years.

I don't mean to be alarmist. And I don't mean to contradict my friend and fellow blogger Craig Dougherty's assertion that we may have "dodged the EHD bullet," since he was talking about the widespread outbreaks that covered entire states late last summer.

Still, as many readers and commentators have noted, the number of EHD reports has increased in the past fortnight, and given the weather forecast, we can expect it to continue until we get a hard freeze.

The ingredients for widespread EHD (it stands for epizootic hemorrhagic disease) are high densities of deer and prolonged warm, damp weather that propagate the biting midges that spread the disease.

The hemorrhagic disease may be responsible for a localized die-off of whitetails in western Montana and in Iowa, and as we reported here, in North Dakota, too. More reports are likely to be forthcoming over the next hot, sticky week.

Here's hoping you see plenty of active, live deer in your country. And that a killing frost is on its way.