I went by my friends house the other day to visit and check on the deer forcast for the upcoming shotgun season. Spoke to his grand-father, who actually owns the property. He is usually full of good information on the deer heard, but I was a little worried about what he had to tell me.
He said that they have found 6 dead deer laying around through out the property (close to 500 acres). I asked him what the cause of the deaths was, worried that it could be CWD. He said that he thinks it is "Blue Tongue" disease. There not been any reported case of CWD in the south and central part of IL to my knowledge, but it is still a concern. I asked him if he had contacted the DNR to have the deer checked, and he said no.
My questions from all of this is, How will this affect the hunting on the property? If I'm successful with a hunt, will the deer be safe to eat?