(Editor’s note: Michiana isn’t the only Michigan area impacted by EHD. Here’s an announcement the DNR released that indicates it has received over 900 dead deer statewide)

(Provided by Michigan DNR)

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health recently confirmed and announced the death of deer in Ionia and Branch counties was due to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD).

As of Wednesday, the two organizations have confirmed EHD in six additional counties: Barry, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton and Montcalm. There has been a nationwide increase of EHD outbreaks due to the extended hot and dry conditions.

Use trail cameras to scout for deer.If you already own trail cameras, now is the time to put them to use.

If you don't own one, this is the perfect time to pick one up and put it in play. In hunting, there is no substitute for scouting prior to the hunt and a trail camera is a great way to improve your scouting by being your eyes in the outdoors 24/7.

In the months before the start of deer season, a trail camera offers the hunter the opportunity to view the quality of deer using his hunting grounds.

LaPorte County Parks will host a Hunter Safety Education Course at Smith Hall in Red Mill County Park on September 17-20, 2012.


Classes run from 6 to 9:30 each night. The free course is offered by the Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement. Conservation Officers and volunteers will be conducting the course. Space is limited to the first 50 registered. You must attend all three nights of the course to graduate the course.

To register, call the LaPorte County Parks Department, 219-325-8315.