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Hellbilly 09-09-2012 09:33 PM

Blue tounge disease
Going to NC next week for my week hunting trip. My stepdad called me today and said they were having a deer kill. Said NC may close deer season due to Blue tounge and something about nats causeing it. Anybody know anything about what Blue tounge is. He did say that DNR said the meat was still good to eat. Aint to sure I want to eat anything with a blur tounge and fixin to die even if I didnt shoot it.

buckfever 09-11-2012 09:01 PM

Sorry hellbilly I didnt see this till now. Here is an article from our home page that has a little info about blue tongue.

Hellbilly 09-12-2012 08:22 PM

were abouts in Tennessee you in? We aint far from Johnson city. Up in banner Elk

Win73 09-29-2012 12:06 AM

I don't know if it has anything to do with blue tongue disease but I got these and many other pictures and even video of this doe with its tongue hanging out. It apparently could not put its tongue back in its mouth.

tator 10-03-2012 12:20 PM

Yeah, here in Missouri we have had over 3,000 deer die from the blue tongue / fly bite stuff. It's from the drought. Deer aren't able to find water everywhere like normal so they are resorting to main bodies of water like lakes, ponds, creeks, streams, rivers, etc... that is where this type of fly also hangs out. They say that deer down south (texas, arkansas, etc...) are immune to it b/c of the lack of rain down there. We've had alot of farmers find them in the middle of corn fields while combining.
Basically what happens is their mouth swells up and turns a bright purple color. They can't swallow well at all, which means they will dehydrate and starve both. I'm not sure where the hemorage part comes into play, but they are more apt to do that as well.

It's a bad deal.

gfdeputy2 10-03-2012 12:53 PM

can't really tell from the photos but it looks like her tounge is just to long for her mouth doesn't look swollen to me

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