According to one rural Nevada resident, hunters and game enthusiasts throughout the region should beware as deer season and consumption are in full swing these days as he claims “diesel corn” is being placed out for hog bait, but is being eaten by deer populations as well.

According to one rural Nevada resident, hunters and game enthusiasts throughout the region should beware as deer season and consumption are in full swing these days as he claims “diesel corn” is being placed out for hog bait, but is being eaten by deer populations as well.
Mitch Husky of the sprawling Cale community outside of Rosston says people are placing “diesel corn” feed, basically a corn feed spiked with diesel fuel, out in hunting areas, such as those near his home, and he is concerned that tainted feed is being consumed not only by hogs, but live deer populations both Nevada and Hempstead Counties as well.
“If I go deer hunting out there, and one of those deer have eaten that stuff, well I can’t feel good about eating that deer meat. Diesel fuel is a cancer causing agent. I don’t want anything to do with that. No one else would want that,” Husky said.
Husky also points out that YouTube videos have detailed and encouraged the practice of “Diesel Corn” as a method to deal to rampant wild hog populations, and after calling Arkansas Game officials, he was surprised to learn the practice was not against the law.
Husky is a third generation landowner out in Cale, his family having owned acres of property including his home, out there for 80 years.  He says he believes that several dozen deer have consumed the tainted feed.
“I can imagine if you go out and pour diesel fuel in to a lake or river some where that someone may have a problem there, but pouring it on corn feed for these animal populations to consume is not a problem?” he said.
Husky fears the practice is happening throughout the state, and he believes it should be against the law. He maintained his belief that deer populations eating the tainted feed would later be consumed by humans.
Nevada-based Game Warden Spencer Miller confirmed Tuesday that he had spoken with Husky on the matter, and he said he had not heard of the issue before.
“I have spoken with him, but I am not aware of this being a wide spread problem. Common sense says that eating that diesel corn cannot be good, whether it is a deer or a hog, but I have no evidence at this time of there being a hazard,” Miller said.
Miller also confirmed that there was presently not a law on the books regarding the practice.
Miller said the general idea of “diesel corn” as he understood it was not to poison hogs, but that the diesel smell some how attracted hogs to the corn. He speculated that some persons maybe using the method to enhance targeting of wild hogs, which have already been documented to be a problem in the Hempstead and Nevada region.
For his part, Husky has also contacted the Arkansas Department of Health, and he hopes they will investigate the issue.
“Something needs to be done about this,” Husky said.