With deer hunting in full swing for 2014, hunters this year should notice a slight uptick in the number of deer available.
According to Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer John Williamson, the last two fall seasons have been very dry which has led to hundreds of deer across the state contracting a disease called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD. Williamson says it comes from a biting midge that can only hatch it's eggs if the banks of area waterways recede enough.
Hunters across the state are concerned about the numbers after two years of battling EHD. Because of that some areas of the state have canceled certain deer hunting seasons. Williamson feels the recovery of the deer population is all part of a natural progression.
Williamson has seen plenty of young deer as he hits the rural roads of the area. He feels that is a positive sign because the numbers of deer should begin to restore in the next few years.