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Ticks in D-16

Hello everybody, ::wave1

I'm new to the community, and new to hunting. Very new, actually I have yet to go on my first hunt. I'm very excited to learn to hunt and as such I'm reading as much material as I can. 

I have been hiking in San Diego a fair amount and I have noticed ticks usually in the spring.

My questions are:

How do you deal with ticks while hunting? Are they a problem all year long? What about ticks on game, if they're not engorged, do they jump ship once the animal is dead?

I am going to start archery hunting and I am most worried about bringing home disease bearing ticks either on myself, on my gear or on my game (if I'm lucky enough to fill a tag). I was out scouting in Cleveland Nat. Forrest last weekend and while taking a break on a rock I found a tick on the wrapper of my snack bar and one hanging onto my map! That makes me wonder about the ones I didn't find... ::eek:

Are there any special considerations a stalking archery hunter should worry about opposed to a rifle hunter?

I look forward to any wisdome anyone has to offer!

Thanks

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deterent

There are some spray deterents out there that help. But checking over your gear and self after every outing is a big plus. I've always be wary, but never let it ruin my fun.

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That's a great point!

BoneCollector wrote:
always be wary, but never let it ruin my fun.

That's a great point!

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Welcome to the site. I have

Welcome to the site. I have been hunting/hiking in D-16 for 17 years, and have not found a good repellant for them. They are here year round, if you get a deer they will be covered with them, and we just deal with them. You will learn there are certain kinds of plants they like so you can keep an eye out. I do very good tick checks when I get home and also, I usually get undressed in the garage and my clothes go right in the wash.

As for disease, I don't think I have heard of anyone out here getting anything like Lyme disease from ticks, like you hear in the northeast. Not that I wouldn'tbe xcautious, of course, I just haven't seen it.

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That's very interesting about certain plants they will hang out on... I'll pay attention to that. I've heard from a vet that Lyme disease isn't too common here, though that can always change. I have a good family friend that is getting over a bad case of encephalitis which the doctors thing he contracted from a mosquito bite. He lost memory and was in bed for a number of weeks.

Thanks for the tips!  

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