Deer Diseases

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If you are a hunter who likes to hunt deer, you must be careful before you take the shot and even after you kill one. There are many symptoms if the deer is sick when you see it. Some symptoms are internal and will only be visible once you kill it and open it up for taking out the meat. Here is a list of diseases and symptoms that you should look out while scouting or when skinning your kill.

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Hemorrhage Disease results in high fever which makes the deer search for water. The deer is usually found dead near the water while trying to cool itself. Other symptoms include swelling on different part of the body including head, tongue and lungs. This disease doesn’t transfer to humans and the meat is still edible.

Blue Tongue

This is a virus that transmits through biting midges in the fall season. The symptoms include high fever, swelling in the head, eyes and tongue, and weakness. The tongue turns blue which is a clear indication of Blue Tongue virus. The meat is edible but should be avoided.

Warts

This is a skin disease that is contagious and formed though insect bites or open wounds. Tumors like blisters are formed on the face which can grow progressively. Since this growth is mostly on the skin, the meat is edible. However, if the tumor penetrates through an open wound to the flesh, the meat should be avoided.

Parasitic Worms

These parasites can live in the lungs or the stomach of the deer. The disease doesn’t kill a deer if the worms are small in number. However, if the volume of worms is large, it can lead to death. Moreover, the worms weaken the immune system and any other common disease can also kill the deer.

CWD

Chronic wasting disease is the most common disease for a deer. It affects the brain of a healthy deer and develops into a fatal disease over time. Its symptoms include fever, excessive salivation, loss of coordinated movement and drastic weight loss. CWD spreads from animal-to-animal contact or animal-to-soil contact. It cannot transmit to humans according to latest researches.

Mange

This is a skin disease that makes the deer shed its coat in the affected places. Since this is a skin disease, the meat is still edible for humans.

Nasal Bots

This is a common disease in rabbits, squirrel and deer. The parasites infect the nasal cavity by laying eggs and developing inside it. This looks like a horrible disease, which is usually undetectable by the humans unless checked by a specialist. The meat can be used since it doesn’t affect it.

Fight Wounds

A buck might have a bullet wound or fight would which didn’t cause a fatal blow. The flesh and bone usually heals around the wound and the animal lives a normal life. The meat around the infected place should be cut and thrown away. Rest of the meat is edible but should be utilized with care that no toxins went through it.




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