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Old 12-07-2017, 10:14 PM   #1
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About to Scamper to the Rio Grand Valley

I know this is a TT forum (and I'm about to travel and trail), but it seems like this issue would be especially important to people who also do.

My oldest son won a TPWD lottery for a week-long archery deer hunt in the Las Palomas WMA, Arroyo Colorado Unit, and we are going deep into the Rio Grande Valley this coming week for the hunt. (Well, I'll mostly be birding, manning the Scamp, and shopping in Mexico.)

Anyway, the hunt manager told him that we need to spray ALL of our outerwear with permethrin before we venture into the bush. Apparently, ticks are rampant this year!! We need to cover up as much of our exposed skin as possible (only my eyes will be showing...maybe I'll get some goggles...lol), and treat our clothes, including shoes, socks, backpacks, chairs, deer blind, etc., with that stuff, and we'll be fine.

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where we're parking for the week ~ said they haven't had a problem with them at all. None. As for me, I'll take the precautions to heart.

Just wanted to let you know in case you sail down there any time soon...just be warned. Hunt Mgr. said people who didn't heed his advice paid the price. Yikes!

I say, thanks but ~ #NoTicksNoHowNoTime
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It looks like the Rio Grande Valley is scheduled for a bit snow, which may be more important that possible ticks.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:38 PM   #3
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It looks like the Rio Grande Valley is scheduled for a bit snow, which may be more important that possible ticks.
Hmm...well, not leaving until Sunday morning. Bet it doesn't last that long. It's supposed to be 55 here tomorrow (last I heard).
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It snowed all over south Texas Thursday night - a rare event indeed. 2 inches here in San Antonio. It'll all be melted away however by 10 am Friday. Highs for the weekend are going to be about 70.

As for the ticks, I've hunted several times in the Valley. I treat the lower areas of my pants/cuffs and boots with 100% DEET and haven't had any problems.

By the way, if you do pick up a tick, don't pull it out. Cover it with a dollop of Vaseline. It'll come out on its own.
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It looked like an arctic air mass is heading down that way, like it did a few years ago. We were at Rio Grand Village in Big Bend NP and the temperature dropped to 5F for a couple nights with day time temperatures in the teens and low 20s. Then after about a week it warmed back up. Memorable trip.

I hope you have a great trip.
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Putting some peroxide on ticks will make them back out.
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We all heard about Lyme disease, but the ticks carry other pathogens, just as bad or worse. Last summer my DW came down with anaplasmosis. The number of cases has grown exponentially in the last several years in Vermont, and I assume in other states as well. It is really a bad one, but an early dose of antibiotics takes care of it. The challenge is that this one transmits from the ticks almost immediately (less than an hour) after they attach. Lyme takes one day, the doctors say. So, pay attention and if anything creepy-crawly tickles your leg, check it out!
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ticks

we live in the woods 42 years to be exact. I have hunted all my life I constantly get ticks and bites. I just pull them off I have never had one make me sick.

I have heard of a few stories of people becoming ill but I have never had a friend or anyone in our circle of friends get sick from a tick bite.

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Snow this morning in Padre Island and Big Bend NPs.
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Snow came this a.m. & now at 1:35p.m. it is pretty much all gone!
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Be Safe - Go to Wallyworld and purchase the spray can of that stiff.
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