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Author Topic: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER  (Read 2990 times)

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PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« on: February 26, 2011, 09:26:55 AM »
I've been researching how to get rid of parasites in our deer herd. These are some of the parasite that are most common in deer, The roundworm, lungworm, foot worm, brain worm and tapeworm. Roundworms settle in the ligaments of a deer’s joints as well as their hooves. The tapeworm causes malnutrition and can sometimes lead to death. The brain worm is a parasite specific to whitetail deer. If we could eliminate some of these parasites, our deer would have better weights and racks, now to find something that will eliminate some of these parasites, economically. I'll keep looking and let you know what I find. If anyone else knows of a treatment that will work, let us know.
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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2011, 05:06:19 PM »
Look forward to reading what you find Ken.
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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2011, 06:06:07 PM »
Bubba !!
I just fried and ate a pot full of B'que deer meat...
Sure was good and PARASITE free...
Wait what's that crawling around in my plate...
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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011, 06:09:43 PM »
Bubba !!
I just fried and ate a pot full of B'que deer meat...
Sure was good and PARASITE free...
Wait what's that crawling around in my plate...

I think I heard one time that a deer could have 27 different types of parasites. I've also heard that if you control the parasites, the weight and racks will be huge. Wait, I see something moving too!
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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2011, 11:50:47 AM »
 ##$%#1119 Maybe sprinkle sevin dust on them!  ##$%#1114
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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2011, 11:52:45 AM »
bubba,

been thinking on this and would one of the guys who raise deer on this site know what you could add to the feed?

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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2011, 01:30:41 PM »
You might have the "next big thing" if you can get this figured out!!!
I know that there is a de-wormer called Ivomec that is available in injectable and feed grade forms that kills about every worm out there. Again,I know that deer are different than our general livestock but I do know that the active ingredient is "Ivermectin" which is used as a de-wormer in just about every spices of livestock known to man.
It might be beneficial to do a google search on it and see if it can somehow be implemented into deer feed..I know in livestock rations it is a very low inclusion rate...
Good luck, you might be on to something..

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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2011, 04:16:40 PM »
I found this, but haven't read it all yet. Looks like a lot of good info on anti-parasitics for deer.

http://www.deer-library.com/artman/publish/printer_115.shtml

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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2011, 04:18:45 PM »
check bubba and make sure there isn't any environment issues or contamination to deal with later.

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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2011, 04:39:19 PM »
Yes Ivomec is used in cattle and I have used it in farmed deer.It's not cheap,about the only way to get them to eat it is mixed in feed at a feeding station.Deer don't come to a feeder and chow down like cattle,you may have one or two does eat it all then it's possible for turkey's to eat it before the deer do raccoons or wild hogs.Just having feed spread on the ground is a good way for other deer to pick up parasites so you may just reinfect the deer you just wormed.If you move your feeders often that would help but you might have to move it every week or so.Plus you may have to worm a couple times a year.If you give it at the proper rate there is a holding time that you can't eat the meat( I don't remember exactly how long but it may be a week or two)then what about the deer that ate most of it?How long will you have to wait before it is safe to eat the meat from that animal?

And it will kill some animals that came in and stole a few pellets from the feeder.After worming a group of deer I had some left over,so I put the bag in a safe place and forgot about it.A week or two later I found 6-8 dead red squirrels,a few days later I found that the squirrels had gotten into the bag.

I would not try it,you could get in big trouble if you accidentlly kill of a bunch of other animals,and who knows if the bucks you want to eat it show up at your feeder?


I think a lush food plot of clover  would help them much more.


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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2011, 08:56:58 AM »
I think the idea has merit, but with all the mineral supplements and seeds available, if it was practical - I'd think it would already be on the market.  So, it is either not practical or maybe not in the best interest of an entire herd.  Maybe some level of parasites are necessary in a healthy deer herd.  Just a thought.

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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2011, 10:51:42 AM »
Aren't there some supplemental blocks for deer that help control parasites?  I think I've saw them advertised, just don't know what particular parasites they help control.
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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2011, 10:24:20 PM »
The best way to eliminate pests in your local deer herd is to keep them healthy. Healthy deer are able to fend off parasites including ticks and worms that much better than deer that are unhealthy. Give them plenty of browse, water, and minerals and they will take care of themselves. Supplements and chemicals that work well on livestock seldom work very well on free ranging wildlife as there is no guarantee that they will consume or come in contact with adequate amounts of the chemicals that are necessary to eliminate the parasites.

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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2011, 06:12:00 AM »
very interesting hope there in a good way to help with these parasites and the cost is low. all deer hunters that take their deer herds seriously should be into helping get ride of what we can. looking forward to hearing what u find out
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Re: PARASITES IN WHITETAIL DEER
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2011, 06:52:20 AM »
http://goatconnection.com/articles/publish/article_55.shtml

The above is a long read but scroll through it ...good info...Remember Wild life has a built in instinct to surviving all things and nature is one....ever notice your pine being eaten even though it's not winter? ...well pine needle are a natural intestinal parasite eradicator.....I've been feeding our goats pine for a number of years...also for you guys with feeders....Demetrius earth.....sprinkled in your feeder areas or mixed with you mineral sites would be a benefit

 

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