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Hmmmmm ... don't know about the rest of the R.M. Northwest, but the amount of TICKS this year is staggering (in Northern Idaho). Used to be I didn't even worry about ticks at elev less than 2500 ft ... but now even on very short forays above 2500 ft - I'm coming back with sometimes a dozen or more. Some of the ticks I find during, some on the walk out, drive home, some at home, then some undressing, ... a few more while I sit down to read or write, and several more as I am dozing off to sleep, or am awaken by their ... Perhaps lighter / warmer winters have allowed their populations to expand and explode - or maybe it's just a `normal' cycle.

They are becoming my near constant companions (since I am trying to get out almost every day). I may or may not come back with game from any particular trip - but I do seem to come back with a little community of these little critters. My wife is far less fond of them.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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I had them on me every day I went out there too. Even had one bit in and stay for awhile, I'm thinking he was on me for about 16-20 hours before I found him.
I'm not seeing spots yet!!!

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I'm getting somewhat used to them now. And I'm checking my golden retrievers. I think they are getting some just from the yard or surroundings. I can also take mosquitos with some stride, if for a reason, for example in quest of fish or game. But what I REALLY don't like are the horseflies (biting flies). Yellow jackets also bum me out - I have kind of a standing war order waging on them critters.

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You guys have some increadibly big mosquitos there! I was calling them "flying drill bits"
I'm going to try the therma cell (sp?)

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Location: Summit County, Colorado
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The ticks are nuts this year in Colorado. I helped a friend set up a ROGAINE last Saturday down in Buffalo Creek, east of the Lost Creek Wilderness. I walked about 10 miles through the area setting up control points and swatted 4 ticks off myself. One actually fell (leaped?) from the brim of my floppy patrol hat onto my map as I did a map check. Unbelievable. Saw lots of game in the area though, including deer and elk. The next day, I was cleaning out my rucksack and found a "stealth" tick trying to infiltrate my home base. Told my friend I wouldn't be able to help break-down the ROGAINE . . . . .

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What is a ROGAINE?

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Location: Summit County, Colorado
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What is a Rogaine?

It's a long range cross-country navigation event. Same thing as "land navigation" in military terminology. Basically, it's orienteering on steroids. Participants use map and compass to visit control points, usually little orange and white flags hung from tree branches. When you arrive at a control point, you punch your card to prove you visited the correct control. In a rogaine, a two-person team visits as many points as possible in a set time limit. A control set high on a mountain might be worth more points than a control set in an open meadow. Rogaines go anywhere from 4 to 48 hours.

A friend of mine is club treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club in Denver. He taps me occasionally to help set up events. I usually don't participate because the demographic of orienteers is somewhat left-wing yuppy. But it's a great way to polish your navigation skills for hunting and hiking.

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Yeah, sounds good - thanks for the explanation. S.H.

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Hmmm and I thought rogaine was treatment for anti-hair...

Anyway, can't say either way on the tick population, but i'll say this; get them off asap. I had rocky mountain tick fever once and it is not something to fool with; apparently it can cause renal failure in severe cases.

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bitmasher wrote:
I had rocky mountain tick fever once and it is not something to fool with; apparently it can cause renal failure in severe cases.

Bitmasher - did you get ill from just one tick? or multiple? Did the tick dig in, or just give you a bite? How ill did you get - and how did you get past it?

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I had one tick dig in the high on the back of my right thigh (yeah where the sun don't shine). It remained there for at least a few days, until i noticed it and ripped the quite swollen tick out quickly. Some say that backing out the tick can help, its worth a try but I suspect that once a fever carrying tick digs in for a few days your still going to get the infection regardless of how you handle the tick.

So one bite, symptoms occured within just a few days of the bite.

I was not hospitalized but ran through a course of antibiotics and other drugs to keep the fever down. I was out of it for 4-5 weeks.

It can become serious if the fever is miss diagnosed as just a virus or flu and not treated. However a dug in tick should be a red flag to any doctor that they should test for the bacteria that causes the infection.

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