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tut

Don't be fooled, they are still out there

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tut

And you thought I was talking birds.  :)  Nope Ticks. 

 

Returned from hunting the Va National Forests yesterday with Mike C.  3 plus hours of walking in 63 degree heat (yes right after it was down to zero degrees for several days straight).  We expected mediocre results (which we achieved, 1 bumped bird, one non-productive point and one sneak away bird).  But frankly its the only game in down with the Woodcock all moving south after the before mentioned cold snap.  With dogs winded by the heat and the terrain we cut the hunt a tad short and made the 2 plus hour drive north towards home.  Moving forward, to 430 am this day, I wake up feeling something not right on my lower back and in the dark in bed reach around to find an inbedded tick.   Little sucker had a good grip and the area was already inflamed.   Removed him and bathed the area in alcohol and Neosporn and will probably head to the doctor today for the 3 day dose of antibiotics.

 

PS.  What a wonderful way to start the day.  

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dogrunner

Cold and snow don't kill ticks. 

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Brad Eden

At least the 2 plus feet of snow and -15 temps have covered them up for a while up here...was it a tiny deer tick or a larger dog tick?

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tut
2 minutes ago, Brad Eden said:

At least the 2 plus feet of snow and -15 temps have covered them up for a while up here...was it a tiny deer tick or a larger dog tick?

 

Tiny deer tick.  I knew cold didn't kill them, I was just shocked after it being so cold the last two weeks that they would already be roaming around again soon after the cold.  Never ever picked up a tick in January in the mountains, and I've been in the mountains a lot this time of the year over my lifetime.  That said, 63 degrees in January is certainly far from the norm in Va.

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fourtrax57

See ticks here soon as the ground is bare. April or May. In a really warm dry Spring we can see them in March on a nice day.

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RDG

Sawyers Permethin. Learned my leason this year. 

 

I've used Sawyers on my hunting gear for years. Never had any issues. This year I got a new pair of field pants from LL bean and I forgot to treat them. Picked up a tick and found it embedded the next day. Hit the urgent care and did the Doxy thing.  Here they just you one 200mg dose. 

 

Anywasy I treated the pants with sawyers first thing I got. Next time out at this same area, I was watching my legs. Found three different ticks crawling up my leg. Only one made it past the knee.  They just slow down and then drop off on their own. It's funny to watch. Think I'll stay away from that area though.  Seemed to be invested. 

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gunsrus
45 minutes ago, fourtrax57 said:

See ticks here soon as the ground is bare. April or May. In a really warm dry Spring we can see them in March on a nice day.

Yup , as soon as the snow somewhat subsides and temps climb , so do they .

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Mike Connally

I’ve seen them this time of year. I was there with Tut and I don’t think I picked any up. I do treat my hunting pants with Sawyers permethrin. It’s been very effective so far. 

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tut

Being on the safe side.  Doc appointment this afternoon to get a round of Doxy.  Better safe then sorry. 

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tut

10 days of Doxy was the diagnosis.  Nice tick bite they said.  Lucky me. :)

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Brad Eden

I got beat up pretty good for a lackadaisical attitude about ticks earlier...so don't go there any more. The doxi should take care of any potential problems. You are an outdoors person, so even with all diligent precautions one can't completely avoid encountering ticks other than never stepping off pavement which isn't an option. 

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Mike Connally

I guess I’m about 10-15 Doxy treatments behind. I was under the understanding that the tick needed to be attached for 24 hours before they could transmit anything. 

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gunsrus

Good luck Tom .

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tut
2 hours ago, Mike Connally said:

I guess I’m about 10-15 Doxy treatments behind. I was under the understanding that the tick needed to be attached for 24 hours before they could transmit anything. 

 

They told me they needed to give Doxy in the first 24 hours after a bite.  After that it was not effective in treating potential problems.  Beats me.  All I know is everything soup to nuts cost me $19 (good insurance).  Worth it to me. 

 

PS.  I've pulled off lots of ticks over the years.  Considering this one was probably inbedded for 10 hours I was shocked how inflamed the area was.  Looked like the flesh was rotting away around the bite.  "Rotting and flesh" is never a sentence that should be used on a person, especially when that person is me.  :). 

 

PS.  Damn ticks. 

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Mike Connally

My smallest setter, Becky, has been lethargic for a while. Wouldn’t eat. Just got the report back from the vet’s office. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. 

Four weeks of Doxy. 

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