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Deer Count in the State Down 20 Percent

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Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), also known as "blue tongue" disease, has impacted deer all across central Nebraska this hunting season.

Overall, Nebraska experienced a 20 percent statewide decrease in deer.

Southern parts of the state weren't affected much, but hunters in the north central and north east part of Nebraska had a rough season.

In 2010 and 2011, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said 77,000 white tail deer roamed around the state.

Due to this year's EHD virus, only 53,000 dear are estimated to be in the state. 

Nebraska game and Parks Project Manager Kit Hams says that's not a bad thing. "It took us back to where we were six years ago," he said. "To be honest, that's much closer to where we need this herd to be in the state."

EHD is a sickness caused by a bite from an insect called a midge.

Once a deer is bitten, it has about 24 to 48 hours to live.


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