2019 BTB Testing Showing Few Positives Statewide

Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Disease' started by Luv2hunteup, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Joe Archer

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    That's pretty impressive. Looks like the lowest numbers seen in years!
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  2. Luv2hunteup

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    I’m not sure why but the October Legislative quarterly reports for cattle have not been posted. Presque Isle county had another cattle operation with bTB. Wildlife services had been shooting down the deer herd in the surrounding townships plus have been busy in the MAZ.
     
  3. Justsayin

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    Do you know if the number of tests have increased or decreased over prior year? Just curious.
     
  4. HUBBHUNTER

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    I shot 2 deer this year, tested the first, a buck and not the 2nd, a doe. I shot her specifically to cut the tenderloins out and cook them up that night at deer camp. No reason to test after that.

    I know a few guys that did test the first year but have since stopped testing all together.

    Some day in the (near) future the DNR will stop testing en mass due to cost so the question is at what point do hunters stop hunting or just accept our new reality?

    These numbers are encouraging but even 1 positive is more than I'd like to have, however, I think it's time for hunters to make their choice and move on with life.
     
  5. Luv2hunteup

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    The deer herd is still at risk from cattle farmers. They were busy in 2019 spreading bTB across northern a Michigan in multiple counties. 3 different herds, #74, #75 & 76, were infected which prompted Wildlife Services new locations to shoot down the deer herd. Another MOU was signed that still allows farmers the transport infected cattle around our state.

    https://www.michigan.gov/documents/...rogramJan2020QtrlyUpdate01.08.20_676247_7.pdf
     
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  7. Luv2hunteup

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    I have not asked but I’m sure there is a record of where.
     
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    I just thought I had seen a map at one time. Appeared to be at least down to the section.
     
  9. Liver and Onions

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    Since they have one for CWD my guess is that there is one for TB.
     
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