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Michigan Continues to See Positive Tests for Bovine Tuberculosis, Asks Deer Hunters to Be On High Alert

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Michigan hunters are being urged to watch for possible bovine tuberculosis-infected deer, and to get their carcasses checked.

Parts of northeast Michigan, combined with a few other locations, have seen the latest round of tests produce positive results of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in wild deer, raising the need for hunters to watch out for the disease in harvested deer this fall.

Seen as an emerging disease issue by the Michigan state government, bovine tuberculosis is a bacterial disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis. It primarily affects cattle herds (hence the “bovine” in the name), but can transmitted to wildlife species rather easily through coughing, sneezing, and saliva. Direct contact is not required, and saliva transmitted through animal feed is a common culprit of its spread.

Unfortunately, there are no effective vaccines for bovine TB prevention in wild deer, and no effective medications for treatment. The DNR uses a combination of wildlife disease surveys and deer management strategies to hopefully eliminate the disease in wild herds. Hunters are asked to examine their deer from all areas of the state, but the areas highlighted in this map indicate the highest level of concern.

Michigan has become a sort of hot spot for bovine TB in wild animals, and as a result been on the leading edge of fighting the spread and establishing an eradication program the tackle the disease before it moves into other areas of the United States and North America. A quote from the DNR’s Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason called hunters to action:

“Michiganders need to educate themselves about this disease, and find out ways they can help,” said Mason. “Whether you are a hunter submitting samples for surveillance, or a cattle producer fencing off feed to prevent cattle/deer interactions, it’s these everyday actions that can affect change over time. This is not a problem for just white-tailed deer hunters, or cattle farmers, or even residents in the northern Lower Peninsula; this is a problem for everyone in Michigan.”

The easiest way for hunters to detect bovine TB is while field dressing a deer. Lymph nodes in the animal’s head usually show infection first, followed by lesions on the surface of the lungs and chest cavity. If a deer is severely infected, they can develop lesions throughout their entire body, and may have tan or yellow lumps lining the chest wall and in the lung tissue. If a deer shows this type of infection, the DNR says it should be submitted to the DNR for laboratory testing.

Bovine TB was found in 10 counties in 2017, including:

  • Antrim
  • Cheboygan
  • Crawford
  • Emmet
  • Iosco
  • Mecosta
  • Osceola
  • Otsego
  • Roscommon
  • Shiawassee

The DNR is urging hunters to submit heads for testing from all deer harvested in the following counties:

  • Alcona
  • Alpena
  • Cheboygan
  • Crawford
  • Huron
  • Iosco
  • Lake
  • Mecosta
  • Montmorency
  • Newaygo
  • Ogemaw
  • Osceola
  • Oscoda
  • Otsego
  • Presque Isle
  • Roscommon

The testing is offered free of charge. There’s a full list of Michigan DNR check stations found here.

As long as the proper procedures are put forth, the state of Michigan says that “By continuing to eliminate TB-infected animals from herds, paying close attention to the meat inspection and pasteurization processes, and using proper food handling and good management practices, the chance of bovine TB transmission from animals to humans is virtually eliminated.”

It’s good to know that when an animal health issue arises, especially one affecting a game animal, the Department of Natural Resources in Michigan is actively doing something about it. Educating folks how a domestic animal can influence a deer herd, and vice versa, is critical in the movement towards finding a solution.

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Michigan hunters are being urged to watch for possible bovine tuberculosis-infected deer, and to get their carcasses checked.

Parts of northeast Michigan, combined with a few other locations, have seen the latest round of tests produce positive results of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in wild deer, raising the need for hunters to watch out for the disease in harvested deer this fall.

Seen as an emerging disease issue by the Michigan state government, bovine tuberculosis is a bacterial disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis. It primarily affects cattle herds (hence the “bovine” in the name), but can transmitted to wildlife species rather easily through coughing, sneezing, and saliva. Direct contact is not required, and saliva transmitted through animal feed is a common culprit of its spread.

Unfortunately, there are no effective vaccines for bovine TB prevention in wild deer, and no effective medications for treatment. The DNR uses a combination of wildlife disease surveys and deer management strategies to hopefully eliminate the disease in wild herds. Hunters are asked to examine their deer from all areas of the state, but the areas highlighted in this map indicate the highest level of concern.

Michigan has become a sort of hot spot for bovine TB in wild animals, and as a result been on the leading edge of fighting the spread and establishing an eradication program the tackle the disease before it moves into other areas of the United States and North America. A quote from the DNR’s Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason called hunters to action:

“Michiganders need to educate themselves about this disease, and find out ways they can help,” said Mason. “Whether you are a hunter submitting samples for surveillance, or a cattle producer fencing off feed to prevent cattle/deer interactions, it’s these everyday actions that can affect change over time. This is not a problem for just white-tailed deer hunters, or cattle farmers, or even residents in the northern Lower Peninsula; this is a problem for everyone in Michigan.”

The easiest way for hunters to detect bovine TB is while field dressing a deer. Lymph nodes in the animal’s head usually show infection first, followed by lesions on the surface of the lungs and chest cavity. If a deer is severely infected, they can develop lesions throughout their entire body, and may have tan or yellow lumps lining the chest wall and in the lung tissue. If a deer shows this type of infection, the DNR says it should be submitted to the DNR for laboratory testing.

Bovine TB was found in 10 counties in 2017, including:

  • Antrim
  • Cheboygan
  • Crawford
  • Emmet
  • Iosco
  • Mecosta
  • Osceola
  • Otsego
  • Roscommon
  • Shiawassee

The DNR is urging hunters to submit heads for testing from all deer harvested in the following counties:

  • Alcona
  • Alpena
  • Cheboygan
  • Crawford
  • Huron
  • Iosco
  • Lake
  • Mecosta
  • Montmorency
  • Newaygo
  • Ogemaw
  • Osceola
  • Oscoda
  • Otsego
  • Presque Isle
  • Roscommon

The testing is offered free of charge. There’s a full list of Michigan DNR check stations found here.

As long as the proper procedures are put forth, the state of Michigan says that “By continuing to eliminate TB-infected animals from herds, paying close attention to the meat inspection and pasteurization processes, and using proper food handling and good management practices, the chance of bovine TB transmission from animals to humans is virtually eliminated.”

It’s good to know that when an animal health issue arises, especially one affecting a game animal, the Department of Natural Resources in Michigan is actively doing something about it. Educating folks how a domestic animal can influence a deer herd, and vice versa, is critical in the movement towards finding a solution.

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Nosler Introduces 115-Grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

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Nosler Introduces 115gr 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

Serious competition shooters will be pleased to hear about the new 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet in 115-grain that Nosler just unveiled.

Just like the name states, the Nosler Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) Bullet is designed for match shooters who want high ballistic coefficient bullets with the flattest trajectory and the least wind drift possible at long range.

Well, shooters who use 6mm cartridges just got some great news when Nosler, Inc announced that a 115-grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet is the newest addition to their RDF line.

Designed specifically for use in rifles with a barrel twist rate of 1:7.5″ or faster, the new 115-grain Reduced Drag Factor bullet has a ridiculously high BC of .634 (G1). This is a significant improvement over the only previous 6mm RDF option, which was a 105-grain and had a G1 BC of .571.

Like all the other Nosler RDF bullets, the new 6mm bullet incorporates several key design factors that result in a sleek form factor with one of the highest BCs available anywhere for a bullet of that size.

First, the bullet has a long, drag reducing boattail. It also has a compound ogive along with what Nosler advertises as the smallest and most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet line, which they claim eliminates the need to trim tips.

Add it all up and you’ve got a very sleek, accurate, and easy to load hollow point boat tail (HPBT) bullet that’s perfect for rifle tournaments, like Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches.

With the introduction of this bullet, the entire RDF bullet line now includes 70-, 77-, and 85-grain bullets in .22 caliber, 105- and 115-grain bullets in 6mm (.243 caliber), 130- and 140-grain bullets in 6.5 mm (.264 caliber), 185 grain bullets in 7mm (.284 caliber), 168-, 175-, and 210-grain bullets in .30 caliber, and 300-grain bullets in .338 caliber.

Note that Nosler’s RDF bullets are designed for long range efficiency during competition rifle matches, not for big game hunting. If you want a good long range hunting bullet, then consider the Nosler AccuBond Long Range Series instead.

But if you want match grade accuracy, flat trajectories, and great resistance to wind drift when using your 6mm Creedmoor to bang steel or punch paper, then check out the Nosler 6mm 115 grain RDF bullet.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on The Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on FacebookYouTube, & Instagram.

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Nosler Introduces 115gr 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

Serious competition shooters will be pleased to hear about the new 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet in 115-grain that Nosler just unveiled.

Just like the name states, the Nosler Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) Bullet is designed for match shooters who want high ballistic coefficient bullets with the flattest trajectory and the least wind drift possible at long range.

Well, shooters who use 6mm cartridges just got some great news when Nosler, Inc announced that a 115-grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet is the newest addition to their RDF line.

Designed specifically for use in rifles with a barrel twist rate of 1:7.5″ or faster, the new 115-grain Reduced Drag Factor bullet has a ridiculously high BC of .634 (G1). This is a significant improvement over the only previous 6mm RDF option, which was a 105-grain and had a G1 BC of .571.

Like all the other Nosler RDF bullets, the new 6mm bullet incorporates several key design factors that result in a sleek form factor with one of the highest BCs available anywhere for a bullet of that size.

First, the bullet has a long, drag reducing boattail. It also has a compound ogive along with what Nosler advertises as the smallest and most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet line, which they claim eliminates the need to trim tips.

Add it all up and you’ve got a very sleek, accurate, and easy to load hollow point boat tail (HPBT) bullet that’s perfect for rifle tournaments, like Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches.

With the introduction of this bullet, the entire RDF bullet line now includes 70-, 77-, and 85-grain bullets in .22 caliber, 105- and 115-grain bullets in 6mm (.243 caliber), 130- and 140-grain bullets in 6.5 mm (.264 caliber), 185 grain bullets in 7mm (.284 caliber), 168-, 175-, and 210-grain bullets in .30 caliber, and 300-grain bullets in .338 caliber.

Note that Nosler’s RDF bullets are designed for long range efficiency during competition rifle matches, not for big game hunting. If you want a good long range hunting bullet, then consider the Nosler AccuBond Long Range Series instead.

But if you want match grade accuracy, flat trajectories, and great resistance to wind drift when using your 6mm Creedmoor to bang steel or punch paper, then check out the Nosler 6mm 115 grain RDF bullet.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on The Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on FacebookYouTube, & Instagram.

NEXT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOSLER E-TIP AMMUNITION

WATCH: THE BEST NEW PISTOLS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

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Keanu Reeves Shows Shooting Prowess Training for John Wick Movie

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YouTube: Taran Tactical
john wick training

Who knew Keanu Reeves could shoot like this?

At this point, Keanu Reeves has already staked his claim as an American badass. After two heart-pounding action franchises in “John Wick” and “The Matrix” alone, he’s earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of action movies.

However, who knew he could actually shoot? He’s not only capable with a firearm; he could shoot competitively!

You won’t believe your eyes when you see him wield a wide variety of firearms, which includes an AR-15, a shotgun and handguns.

Watch the video below:

If you haven’t already seen “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” chances are you probably want to after watching this, right? The franchise has gained somewhat of a cult-like following after its first two acts, which appear to correlate with how Reeves spends his free time.

Shooting competitively on a course like this is no easy task, as quick shooting scenarios challenge your instincts behind the sights of a rifle, and requires elite discipline from your trigger finger.

It’s clear after watching this tactical training video from Taran Tactical that Reeves has put in a ton of work to prepare for these movies, molding himself into an unbelievable shooter.

Another cool element to the new movie and Reeves’ shooting abilities is the clear lack of a stunt double. In a lot of action movies, Hollywood actors use stunt doubles to do some of the technical work, such as shooting.

It’s exciting to know you’ll actually be watching Reeves in action.

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YouTube: Taran Tactical
john wick training

Who knew Keanu Reeves could shoot like this?

At this point, Keanu Reeves has already staked his claim as an American badass. After two heart-pounding action franchises in “John Wick” and “The Matrix” alone, he’s earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of action movies.

However, who knew he could actually shoot? He’s not only capable with a firearm; he could shoot competitively!

You won’t believe your eyes when you see him wield a wide variety of firearms, which includes an AR-15, a shotgun and handguns.

Watch the video below:

If you haven’t already seen “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” chances are you probably want to after watching this, right? The franchise has gained somewhat of a cult-like following after its first two acts, which appear to correlate with how Reeves spends his free time.

Shooting competitively on a course like this is no easy task, as quick shooting scenarios challenge your instincts behind the sights of a rifle, and requires elite discipline from your trigger finger.

It’s clear after watching this tactical training video from Taran Tactical that Reeves has put in a ton of work to prepare for these movies, molding himself into an unbelievable shooter.

Another cool element to the new movie and Reeves’ shooting abilities is the clear lack of a stunt double. In a lot of action movies, Hollywood actors use stunt doubles to do some of the technical work, such as shooting.

It’s exciting to know you’ll actually be watching Reeves in action.

NEXT: SAVAGE ROLLS OUT GUNS WITH NRA’S OFFICIAL CAMOUFLAGE MOSSY OAK OVERWATCH

WATCH

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Rifle Review: The Nosler Mountain Carbon, Part Two

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Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon

There’s no doubt about how good this rifle is. Are you good enough to get the most from it?

If you want to you know whether a rifle is any good, look at the little stuff. When I get a test gun whose Weaver-style bases are not screwed tight, that means there was…

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Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon

There’s no doubt about how good this rifle is. Are you good enough to get the most from it?

If you want to you know whether a rifle is any good, look at the little stuff. When I get a test gun whose Weaver-style bases are not screwed tight, that means there was…

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