My son took a nice 6 point this morning. I took a close look at him and found this. We have had a heavy decline in the area for the last two years and this makes me wonder if it's not the reason. This is the signs of Hemorrhagic disease in a latter state. It is spread by Gnats to other deer in the spring and can cause a high fever which can result in this if survival takes place. It is normally stopped at the first freeze from spreading. It's not transferable to humans and the meat is fine to consume as long as there is no infections present in the animals. The Deer was fairly healthy and had some fat build up in place. Have anyone else noticed this in their areas?