According to CBS News, a recent outbreak has occurred in a cattle herd in Alcona County, Michigan. The report also stated this is the 73rd time it’s happened in the state.
The good news is it hasn’t knowingly been transmitted to the local deer in that area — yet. That said, it’s highly contagious and can infect whitetails easily. It’s important not to eat deer that show signs of having this disease.
“Bovine tuberculosis can develop in the lungs, but it can also be found in the intestines and other parts of the body, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources,” the report stated. “The agency warns hunters to check for swollen or infected lymph nodes in the animal's head or lesions throughout the body. Deer with severe tuberculosis may have tan or yellow bumps lining the chest wall and in the lung tissue.”
Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.
Follow along as he shares his adventures, experiences and knowledge of the white-tailed deer.