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...
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!