I wanted to bring this to ATS attention because I know there are a few hunters here and to ask the other Michiganders what they think about the
DNR’s reporting of the numbers on this. Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is not new, from what I’ve been reading, but it has been making a big
comeback this year in Michigan. Unfortunately, this is a very drawn out, painful way for the deer to die.
I first heard about this disease a month ago, and to be honest, I didn’t think too much about it. Then I started hearing about it from actual
people I know, that own land or that have relatives in other counties that do. I started watching the DNR reports on this web site. What I was
hearing, was not matching up with the numbers on the web site.
Although I don’t currently hunt, I come from a family of hunters and usually end up with a deer in the freezer every year. What concerns me this
year, is the difference between what the DNR are reporting for deaths, compared to what my neighbors are reporting.
I am sure that one of two things are the cause of this discrepancy.
A) Farmers are just burying the deer, and not reporting it.
B) The DNR don’t want to scare off the hunters this year, as it is big business for MI.
It was really driven home last night, when my husband received this picture from our neighbor.
It was taken less than ¼ mile from my house, by the pond where we fish in the summer.
This is the second deer in a week the landowner has found there, and the deer was a beautiful 11 point.
So, I was wondering, to hunters in general, and especially in MI, have you been following this? Do you think this is going to have an impact on this
years hunting season?
edit on 20-9-2012 by chiefsmom because: Pic.