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    Milk River deer herd devastated!

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    Sad for sure. That place use to look like a petting zoo.
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    That Sucks......
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    Thats terrible hopefull the wildlife dept. Can get it back. With a little help from them and the hunters it should rebound. Always sad to hear things like this though.
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    I had to quit reading... Couldint get past this-

    First, the toughest winter in many, many years killed about 40-50% of the deer herd. THEN, “blue tongue” hit late summer and has killed roughly another 60-70% of the deer herd.

    Maybe I just suck at remedial math but....
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    Happened to us in 07. They'll come back with proper management but it will be slow for a couple years. Hate to see that stuff happen but Nature can be a Mother sometimes!
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    When deer run around like rats mother nature has a way of taking care of things....
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmgiss View Post
    Sad for sure. That place use to look like a petting zoo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goatboy View Post
    When deer run around like rats mother nature has a way of taking care of things....
    I was thinking the same thing.
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    That sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsHeBreathing? View Post
    I had to quit reading... Couldint get past this-

    First, the toughest winter in many, many years killed about 40-50% of the deer herd. THEN, “blue tongue” hit late summer and has killed roughly another 60-70% of the deer herd.

    Maybe I just suck at remedial math but....
    I believe what they meant is the blue tongue killed 60-70% of what was left after the winter kill. Like if you started with 100 deer before winter, you were left with 60-50 deer after the kill. Then blue tongue brought that number down to 24-15 deer left. Devastating, indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlowe13 View Post
    I believe what they meant is the blue tongue killed 60-70% of what was left after the winter kill. Like if you started with 100 deer before winter, you were left with 60-50 deer after the kill. Then blue tongue brought that number down to 24-15 deer left. Devastating, indeed.
    That makes sense.

    I went back to read the rest. While it is sad, and I dont know how big an area it is, if they were seeing 20 or so deer in the alfalfa from 1 spot, that still sounds like a lot to me. How overpopulated was it before and why does it come as a suprise that a disease can strike so hard?
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    Oh man. Mother nature is the ultimate predator. Thts too bad.
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    Jeez. I have never seen 20 whitetails in the fields at one time. There must have been hoards of them before.
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    Maybe Waddell and all the other T.V. hunters should be taking more does and not leaving tags open. I understand the winter was bad, but over population is a terrible treat as well. I try to kill at least two does a year. If you can't eat it yourself homeless shelters take it. At least my local one does. There are many people that will pay for the expense of the meat processing if you talk to them. How many of us on here get a chance to shoot a 140"+ buck more than once or every other year. It terrible that this has happened, but should we feel sorry for it.

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    Very sad something fo the other states to think about HUH!
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    Sickenin very sad to see, I hope they get this under control

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsHeBreathing? View Post
    That makes sense.

    I went back to read the rest. While it is sad, and I dont know how big an area it is, if they were seeing 20 or so deer in the alfalfa from 1 spot, that still sounds like a lot to me. How overpopulated was it before and why does it come as a suprise that a disease can strike so hard?
    I'm not sure if you've seen the MB videos when they hunt the Milk. But if you have you'll know that they sit on high vantage points and can see for miles. So 20 deer from the rock is horrible. Waddell said when he was there he used to see well over 100 deer from the rock.

    With this said, my first thought when I first heard about the winter and ehd on the Milk was "well mother nature has her way of thinning a herd". The herd was unnaturally plentiful. They truly do need to manage it better this time around, and this is the perfect chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsHeBreathing? View Post
    I had to quit reading... Couldint get past this-

    First, the toughest winter in many, many years killed about 40-50% of the deer herd. THEN, “blue tongue” hit late summer and has killed roughly another 60-70% of the deer herd.

    Maybe I just suck at remedial math but....
    Just like Micheal Waddell, I went to Georgia public schools. It makes sense to me.

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    That really sucks...

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    Everytime I see one of the shows where they are hunting milk river I cant believe the number of deer. Seems it was overpopulated to begin with??
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    When you consider the amount of food they have it is close to overpopulated. It's not like the midwest where you have tons of timber. LAcres and acres of alfalfa fields. If the there was an overpopulation problem you would be able to tell by the health of the deer.
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    If the herd was devastated that bad and there is a disease spreading through the deer like that, why would you continue hunting them? Shouldn't they give the herd a little time to get the numbers back up. Obviously they don't need to get as high as they were before because this can happen, but at least give them a break, right? And not only that but if you kill a deer don't you have to worry about getting sick from eating it since there is an obvious disease going through the area. Maybe I'm missing something.

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    Very sad, but it is a wild population of animals and disease acts as a limiting factor. Give it time and the population will recover.
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