h5n1, bird flu virus, hunting, game birds, waterfowl
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
You have to assess for yourself the risks of running into H5N1 bird flu while hunting. Hunters should routinely monitor this website (http://sdces.sdstate.edu/avianflu/), since we learn more information about highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus with the discovery of each new case in birds, mammals, or humans. In the field you may come upon representatives of the USDA, USF&WS, and state wildlife agencies testing approximately 100,000 wild birds across the flyways for evidence of avian influenza viruses, including H5N1. They may ask you for specimens from your birds. Your cooperation will assist them in learning more about H5N1.
Graham, Tanya, "What we know about H5N1 (the bird flu) virus and … Hunting upland game birds and waterfowl" (2006). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 393.