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    Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    Just a friendly reminder that ticks are still alive and crawling around on the animals we harvest.

    Harvested my (first bc) deer yesterday and dragged 500m through deep snow to the truck. Brought it home and noticed these suckers crawling around on the deer. Squished the 2 I saw and checked myself over.



    Skinned it out last night and left the hide inside the shop. Woke up to see a couple dozen ticks sitting on the surface.

    Hunting in Alberta I never even thought about or saw ticks on an animal. Now I'll be a bit more diligent on checking myself after skinning/gutting my harvest.
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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    those are not ticks they are called keds Lipoptena cervi

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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    Wideopen . Are they a problem for humans ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wideopenthrottle View Post
    those are not ticks they are called keds Lipoptena cervi
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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    Quote Originally Posted by Arctic Lake View Post
    Wideopen . Are they a problem for humans ?
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    Their bites last quite a while... We find them and Ticks on the deer we harvest in region 8.. the difference is Keds have a thorax and ticks dont (seasame shaped)

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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    And adult ticks have 8 legs (4 on each side). Always good to be extra cautious either way OP. Congrats on your first BC deer BTW. 500m is a good drag - hopefully it was downhill
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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    according to mr google they can bite and leave an itchy swelling that lasts several days

    Lipoptena cervi - Wikipedia ked

    Dermacentor variabilis - Wikipedia wood tick

    Ixodes pacificus - Wikipedia one type of deer tick
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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    Every deer I've ever shot here on the island has been crawling with ticks all over. I don't look too hard but I've seen up to 20 on a single deer. I've even had them jump from the deer and crawl up my legs as I dress a deer out. I've seen lots of videos and pictures of guys packing deer out like a backpack and things, it makes me cringe, I'm surprised to not hear hunters talk about ticks more when handling their kills.
    If you are not wet, cold, and have sore legs, you're not blacktail hunting.

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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    Thank You !
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    Quote Originally Posted by wideopenthrottle View Post
    according to mr google they can bite and leave an itchy swelling that lasts several days

    Lipoptena cervi - Wikipedia ked

    Dermacentor variabilis - Wikipedia wood tick

    Ixodes pacificus - Wikipedia one type of deer tick
    Member of CCFR and BackCountry Hunters & Anglers Would encourage you all to join both today !

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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    Quote Originally Posted by jshansen View Post
    Every deer I've ever shot here on the island has been crawling with ticks all over. I don't look too hard but I've seen up to 20 on a single deer. I've even had them jump from the deer and crawl up my legs as I dress a deer out. I've seen lots of videos and pictures of guys packing deer out like a backpack and things, it makes me cringe, I'm surprised to not hear hunters talk about ticks more when handling their kills.
    I'm actually horrified of those damn things.

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    Re: Buggy surprise on my first BC deer

    Quote Originally Posted by wideopenthrottle View Post
    according to mr google they can bite and leave an itchy swelling that lasts several days

    Lipoptena cervi - Wikipedia ked

    Dermacentor variabilis - Wikipedia wood tick

    Ixodes pacificus - Wikipedia one type of deer tick
    Great Info - Thxs for posting it up ! RJ
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