Ticks

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by LoneArrow, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. LoneArrow

    LoneArrow 6 pointer

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    The ticks are crazy this year. Anyone else see a massive increase? I went scouting a couple weeks back and found over 40 on me.
     
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  2. 93chromedaytona

    93chromedaytona Spike

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    We started finding them early and lots of them. Have been finding a ton on the outside cats.
     
  3. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    Clothing treated once with permethrin will keep you tick and chigger free all season long.
     
  4. Huntertyler

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    Never been so covered up. Every time I walk on the farm I get covered with these little pin head sized ticks no matter what I spray.
     
  5. WaterDog88

    WaterDog88 10 pointer

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    Be careful about ticks. Our vet has tested several dogs positive for Lyme this year in Scott county. I didn't even know a dog could get it but they can. And if dogs are picking it up I imagine people are too.

    Permathrine is a must if your going to be out in the woods right now.
     
  6. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    Lyme's Disease isn't the only thing you have to worry about as far as people or pets are concerned; there's about a half dozen other nasty bacteriums that the little rascals carry.

    Two years ago one of our best hounds tested positive for Ehrlichia. You got a 50/50 shot that the dog will live or die. If it lives it's highly likely it won't ever get back to 100%. My hound pulled through, but he still isn't back to normal. I'd say he's about at 80% or so. Users Chilly and SDorton also had hounds and tree dogs to get the same thing. I believe both lost dogs from it.

    About three years ago I got a tick-borne bacterium and it rocked my world for a year or so - and not in a good way.

    Tip:
    Use permethrin on your gear and clothes, tape your boots to your pants, tuck in your shirt, wear a hat, and then shower with Dawn dish soap after you finish outside. If you get a dog covered up in ticks suds him up with Dawn dish soap and make him stand for about 5 minutes suds up and watch the little rascals die. Dawn kills hell out of fleas and ticks.

    Doxycycline is the antibiotic I used for myself and my hound when he had it. I keep Doxy on hand in my dog med kit.
     
  7. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    They were really bad last year too but seem worse this year. I found a couple on me every time out during turkey season and sprayed every time.
     
  8. richief

    richief 10 pointer

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    I bought the 36.8% permethrin and cut it to 1% lots cheaper than sawyers but is oil based, so smells and may stain. I dont care for rootin around clothes. I also found if i treat clothes good with this i need to throw in wash before wearing. This weather i soke my shirts and i got an itchy rash from the permethrin. Not good.
     
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  9. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

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    They are horrible in Pendleton county this year.
     
  10. Journette

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    Hunted 15 days turkey hunting this year and had two chigger bites and one tick found on hand. I believe in Sawyers Skin and Clothing spray.
     
  11. Docwaters

    Docwaters 6 pointer

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    Elimitick clothing is also an option
     
  12. WildmanWilson

    WildmanWilson 12 pointer

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    The ticks are always bad where I hunt. You will get hundreds on you this time of year if not treated. I made an unplanned stop to check cameras once and I had mowed all the way back but I still hit a few weeds and was covered in seed ticks. I took everything off but my underwear and drove home. Glad I didn't get pulled over. Seems some places are just perfect for ticks.
     
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  13. davers

    davers 12 pointer

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    To tell you the truth, I've haven't seen all that many ticks this Summer. I've only picked two off my pants after being in my woods checking a stand. When I see Deer out in my back field, and when their close enough, I check their ears for excessive tick build-up/coverage, with my binoculars, and they are clean but certain they have a few. Around my area Chiggers are a problem for me.
     
  14. davers

    davers 12 pointer

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    I love the smell of Deep Woods Off in the morning. It smells like Squirrel Season!:)
     
  15. useyourbow

    useyourbow 12 pointer

    It seems every year there is a "tick" thread about how bad they were yada yada. Probably no more than last year just walked a different part of the woods. Consider many ticks a blessing. They wouldn't exist in area void of prey/host species like deer and squirrels.

    The "weird acting deer/EHD" thread will be along any day now.
     

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