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Deer Hunting in Louisiana

Blue Tongue Disease???

This past weekend I noticed multiple deer limping like they had a hurt leg. After some research I found that blue tongue disease can also cause foot issues for the deer. Does anyone have some information on this? What is the the mortality rate for blue tongue disease? does every deer infected deer die from it or can they eventually heal? I'm wondering if putting them out of their misery would be better than letting them fight it out and risk death. If that is the case can you eat the meat from these deer? I'm mostly worried about the effect it will have on our population. Thanks for the help guys.
December 19, 2012 at 4:01pm
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guideman69 Profile Photo
Posted December 28, 2012 at 9:40pm
Coyote damage???

Check for the hair on the deer to be ruffled - may have been attacked by coyotes. They usually attack the legs first to put the deer down, then go for the neck and kill.

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Posted December 30, 2012 at 11:44am
Blue Tongue

Deer only live about 2-3 days after contracting Blue Tongue disease, carried by mosquitoes. They get extremely thirsty when they contract it and go to water...you will find them dead laying in and around water if it's blue tongue.

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bleedingduck Profile Photo
Posted December 30, 2012 at 5:07pm
Bucktail?

I never heard that blue tongue is 100% fatal....

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Posted December 30, 2012 at 7:28pm
almost 90%

Did some reading on google. Primary carrier is midges, flies, and mosquitos. 8-10 days is max life expectancy of deer. 100% fatal in sheep, and 90% fatal in whitetail deer. Seems to have no effect on mule deer though.

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Posted December 31, 2012 at 9:20am
Thats what I thought

Thats what I had heard, a few do make it through and the are very poor and their hooves are screwed up till they grow out, the horns also suffer as the major time of infection is often during antler development. From what I have read, they seem to recover fully from it by the next year.

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