By JAY LANGENSTEIN
The fact that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is only reporting 75 cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in Calhoun is only the tip of the iceberg. Below is my report to Tom Micetich at the DNR.
I found 7 deer dead over the weekend while fixing some deer stands. Smelled at least that many more that I could not see. I’ve never seen the woods littered with so many deer. I’m guessing all died from blue tongue.
I have 206 acres in northern Calhoun County, about 5 miles northwest of Kampsville on Panther Creek Road. Scary thing is that all these deer were on 80 acres; I didn’t bother looking through the entire property.
This outbreak is 10 times worse than 2007. Below are some pictures I took.