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    Default Squirrels and Ticks.

    I sent this to the PGC I hope somebody will do something: To Whom it concerns: I went squirrel hunting opening day Oct. 14, shot two squirrels and put them in my game pouch then proceeded home with my game thinking of all the good ways to cook them. When I got home I took the squirrels out of the pouch and was ready to clean them. Well to my surprise, the squirrels were covered up in ticks!!!I did not notice the ticks when I first shot them I just picked up the squirrels and put them in the game pouch. So after my wife did a complete tick check of me and I sprayed the squirrels with permethrin in a plastic bag and buried them I decided to write this letter so the PGC can give the public a damn good warning of what is in the woods on our game animals. I have never seen that many ticks on a squirrel in my life and I'm 65 years old and been hunting almost since I was able to walk. I'm going to copy this letter and post it on a few forums other hunters have a right to know just how bad the ticks are in PA.

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    Bet you were ticked off ! Aside from my lame attempt to bring a smile to your face you did the right thing.I have shot deer that were covered in ticks also and was told if they are butchered carefully not cutting ticks up into the meat and cooking well done there would be no problem.In my case I gave the meat away with that info ! I also have shot rabbits and when pulling off fur found big maggot worms burrowed into the meat,I discard them immediatley.

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    Default Re: Squirrels and Ticks.

    Ive seen ticks in the middle of winter.

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    Default Re: Squirrels and Ticks.

    A few years ago I was hunting on Thanksgiving week-end and happened to see a snow covered branch with a frozen solid tick on it. I cut the branch and put it in a plastic bag (standard operating procedure...I didn't have any thermite). When I got home I put the bag by kitchen window and left it. The next day, as I was showing it to my wife she said "it moved!!!" I felt like I was watching the movie "The Thing".... the tick had to have been frozen for at least a few days and it just came back to life...so, no matter what the time of year is...watch the skies...err, I mean ticks.

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    Default Re: Squirrels and Ticks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Badger Tuff View Post
    I sent this to the PGC I hope somebody will do something: To Whom it concerns: I went squirrel hunting opening day Oct. 14, shot two squirrels and put them in my game pouch then proceeded home with my game thinking of all the good ways to cook them. When I got home I took the squirrels out of the pouch and was ready to clean them. Well to my surprise, the squirrels were covered up in ticks!!!I did not notice the ticks when I first shot them I just picked up the squirrels and put them in the game pouch. So after my wife did a complete tick check of me and I sprayed the squirrels with permethrin in a plastic bag and buried them I decided to write this letter so the PGC can give the public a damn good warning of what is in the woods on our game animals. I have never seen that many ticks on a squirrel in my life and I'm 65 years old and been hunting almost since I was able to walk. I'm going to copy this letter and post it on a few forums other hunters have a right to know just how bad the ticks are in PA.
    You're going to want your wife to check your body for the lyme disease bulls eye rash for the next several days.
    Also watch yourself for flu like symptoms that may start 3 to 30 days after a lyme disease infected tick bite.
    Ticks are common on birds and rodents, so there is nothing unusual about your story.
    Squirrels are well known to carry ticks.
    If you think you may have any symptoms, get yourself to the ER immediately for an exam and possible treatment.
    Chances are you are fine, but lyme disease is a life altering disease that must be taken very seriously.
    Best of luck to you.
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    Default Re: Squirrels and Ticks.

    If you're interested in ticks and the critters they carry and are available Wednesday night, come check this out.

    https://www.sandcutoutdoors.com/tick...diseases-in-pa


    Pre-registration is required by calling LCEEC.
    "How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessnes."

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    Default Re: Squirrels and Ticks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandcut View Post
    If you're interested in ticks and the critters they carry and are available Wednesday night, come check this out.
    https://www.sandcutoutdoors.com/tick...diseases-in-pa
    Pre-registration is required by calling LCEEC.
    Looks like a good workshop.
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    Default Re: Squirrels and Ticks.

    Quote Originally Posted by MARINE DIVISION TWO View Post
    Bet you were ticked off ! Aside from my lame attempt to bring a smile to your face you did the right thing.I have shot deer that were covered in ticks also and was told if they are butchered carefully not cutting ticks up into the meat and cooking well done there would be no problem.In my case I gave the meat away with that info ! I also have shot rabbits and when pulling off fur found big maggot worms burrowed into the meat,I discard them immediatley.
    Ha, just a little ticked off. What ticks me off more is the fact that suppose this was some father with his son or daughter first time hunting. How do you tell your children ok you shot two squirrels now we have to bury them. What the hell does that teach your children, other than that's the way to get rid of infested game.

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    Default Re: Squirrels and Ticks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Badger Tuff View Post
    Ha, just a little ticked off. What ticks me off more is the fact that suppose this was some father with his son or daughter first time hunting. How do you tell your children ok you shot two squirrels now we have to bury them. What the hell does that teach your children, other than that's the way to get rid of infested game.
    It teaches them that not all wild game is safe to eat. It also teaches them how to decide which game animals are safe to eat. Just because a rabbit has a maggot beneath its fur doesn't mean the meat is unfit to eat. However, if the rabbit has ooen sores, then it could be tularemia, which is infectious, and the meat is unfit to eat and should be discarded.

    There are many instances where the old addage "If you shoot it, you eat it" should be ignored.
    "How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessnes."

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    Default Re: Squirrels and Ticks.

    Negative experiences are often the best teachers.
    People tend to learn more from failure than from success.
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