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    EHD in Ohio?

    I know there's a post on here about EHD cases in Pennsylvania and E KY but I was wondering if anyone is finding EHD kills in OH yet? If so, where at? It's such a horrible disease and never like to hear about it anywhere. 1st frost can't come soon enough!!

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    There are posts in that thread about ehd in Ohio. My wildlife officer confirmed that ehd is in Jefferson, columbiana, and Lorain counties. There was 7 dead bucks found in the same creek where one member lives in Jefferson county, I've seen other pics of dead bucks from columbiana as well.

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    Word on the street is Jefferson could lose 80% of its herd by fall. Not sure if that was total, or just bucks which seem to be more prone to it, but it's a staggering number either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowhunter1023 View Post
    Word on the street is Jefferson could lose 80% of its herd by fall. Not sure if that was total, or just bucks which seem to be more prone to it, but it's a staggering number either way.
    Not good news. I'm right on the columbiana Jefferson border.

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    No cases around my area. We found a couple late last summer near the river here but none this year.

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    80% of the population...wow that is a staggering number. How'd they come up with that number without having an accurate way to count live deer?? 👀🍿🍿
    Last edited by OHIOOutdoors2; 08-16-2017 at 12:51 PM.

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    Is that one of the counties they raised the limit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by giles View Post
    Is that one of the counties they raised the limit?

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    They are all 3 deer counties, except Lorain is allowed an antler less tag.

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    From a management standpoint, I wonder if there will be any talk of lowering the limit to help the deer rebound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giles View Post
    From a management standpoint, I wonder if there will be any talk of lowering the limit to help the deer rebound.
    Idk but if that 80% number holds up it'll take years and years for the herd to rebound there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigslam51 View Post
    Idk but if that 80% number holds up it'll take years and years for the herd to rebound there.
    Without the help of hunters...implement buck only would be my vote.
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    That sounds about right Giles. Will be interesting to see how it shakes out.

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    A true management plan would accommodate situations like this and adjust accordingly (if necessary) before the season even opens.
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    The Farm Bureau prob has a big smile about now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Holla View Post
    A true management plan would accommodate situations like this and adjust accordingly (if necessary) before the season even opens.
    Bingo! But I guarantee you don't see the DOW lift a finger to compensate for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigslam51 View Post
    Idk but if that 80% number holds up it'll take years and years for the herd to rebound there.
    True, but hunters can certainly help expedite a recovery by not filling their tags in an EHD hit area. Hunters have to be proactive in these management decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curran View Post
    True, but hunters can certainly help expedite a recovery by not filling their tags in an EHD hit area. Hunters have to be proactive in these management decisions.
    Correct. Let's hope those hunters in said counties do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curran View Post
    True, but hunters can certainly help expedite a recovery by not filling their tags in an EHD hit area. Hunters have to be proactive in these management decisions.
    Education would help. Being open about what is going on in the deer population would help. The guys that go out only a couple of times a year might not realize something happened.

    I just did a search on the ODNR website and couldn't find anything about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giles View Post
    Education would help. Being open about what is going on in the deer population would help. The guys that go out only a couple of times a year might not realize something happened.

    I just did a search on the ODNR website and couldn't find anything about it.
    I wouldn't expect to see something on the ODNR website. As far as I can tell, or know, this is all just rumorville on a hunting forum.

    Maybe somebody from the suspected counties has first hand knowledge, or has already contacted the wildlife officer in their county?

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