I understand deer get infected lacerations that heal up in strange ways - probably because they heal so fast. But I shot a doe last season that had a very wierd looking growth on her side that was the size of a tennis ball. I did not take her home, and I felt bad, but i was too frightened to feed her to my family.
My brother in law also had a similar experience this same season, for the the first time, and he's been hunting ten years longer than I have. He didn't take the deer home either (also a doe). The growth was similar, but smaller, and located on top of her hind. He "excised" it a bit, and said it oozed, and smelled terrible. He actually puked because of it.
Has anyone else been seeing more of these dsorts of things ion deer, or was this a freak coincidence of an anomoly? When I look up related topics, I get photos of deer found dead covered in tumours in Pennsylvania where they are fracking.