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Can you catch Covid from a whitetail deer ?

gunrunr

Life Member
I've read that samples of deer have indeed tested positive for covid.
It does not concern me in the slightest but my elderly father is worried about it - he's 94 and Mom just had open heart surgery so both would be what they consider "high risk."
Any experts on here able to share some knowledge on the subject?
Any chance to catch it through cuts on your hands, eating the meat or breathing anything in or in the process of dragging, skinning , gutting and cutting up?
 

Nightvision

New Member
No expert but since it’s a respiratory disease I seriously doubt there’s any way to catch it from cuts, meat, dragging, etc.

If there’s any way to catch it from a deer, it would be getting some mucous on your hands then picking your nose or rubbing your eyes and I bet even that is very unlikely.
 

203ntyp

PMA Member
This is all I've heard so far....

Can deer spread the virus to people?​

The risk remains low as there is currently no evidence that any animals, including wildlife, are playing a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2 to humans. COVID-19 is a disease of humans and is spread by infected people via respiratory droplets and aerosols. There is also no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through preparing and consuming food, including wild game.

I'm sure we'll get more detailed information in the future but for now I'm not concerned.
 

muddy

Administrator
If he's really concerned then he should probably wear a N95 mask and so should the person he's riding with. Lots of hand sanitizer and keeping his distance from people in the group Might be best for someone else to gut/load the deer and after it's hung a couple days should be fine... but I'm not a doctor.
 

Obsessed

Well-Known Member
94!!! If he made it this long, the possibility of catching Covid19 from a deer shouldn't even be on his radar. Lots of other typical deadly things knocking at his door on a daily basis.

I'll be bold and say there will be zero confirmed cases of Covid19 transmission from whitetail deer to human, over the course of the next 5 years.
 

lunker99

Active Member
Agree with what's been said so far that being it's a respiratory illness that should be minimal concern when handling meat. If the deer was coughing and spitting on you probably should have waited just a bit longer before gutting it, lol.
 

bkcrrtnps

Well-Known Member
94!!! If he made it this long, the possibility of catching Covid19 from a deer shouldn't even be on his radar. Lots of other typical deadly things knocking at his door on a daily basis.

I'll be bold and say there will be zero confirmed cases of Covid19 transmission from whitetail deer to human, over the course of the next 5 years.

No way to prove where the transmission came from


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bkcrrtnps

Well-Known Member
I've read that samples of deer have indeed tested positive for covid.
It does not concern me in the slightest but my elderly father is worried about it - he's 94 and Mom just had open heart surgery so both would be what they consider "high risk."
Any experts on here able to share some knowledge on the subject?
Any chance to catch it through cuts on your hands, eating the meat or breathing anything in or in the process of dragging, skinning , gutting and cutting up?

The highest chances would be through cuts on hands , mucous membranes, etc. Just like it can live on a surface for “x” amount of time. While there is some risk it would be relatively low. Eating the meat if it’s not raw and cooked well would be 0 chance. My advice if he wants to hunt would be that someone else dies the gutting, skinning, etc..


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bkcrrtnps

Well-Known Member
I beg to differ. Politicians and MSM claim the non-vaccinated are transmitting it to the vaccinated, all the time. They must obviously have proof, otherwise they wouldn't make these claims, right? ;)




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Rjack

Moderator
Here is my "scientific" evidence on the subject. Helped my son get his buck out of the timber on 11/11. Started cold/sinus infection symptoms on 11/18 when I missed a nice one due to an unseen twig), doctor on 11/22 and tested positive.

Now, my son didn't test positive. So, it appears you have a 50% chance of getting COVID from a dead deer.

Just having fun here. The facts are true - just not really believing my own conclusion.

Oh, and covid might impact your vision since I didn't see the twig that cost me a nice buck.
 

crietveld

Active Member
From what I have read no worries. But definitely gut and butcher for them if they are worried about it.


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