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Old 11-17-2010, 10:55 PM
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the lyme vaccine was too risky for humans? i got it 10 years ago,and happy i did.plus my health insurance paid for it. some places i fish are loaded with ticks. damm i hate ticks.
You are one of the fortunate who got the vaccine, had no adverse reaction and got lyme protection before the vaccine was taken off the market about 9 years ago.

GlaxoSmith Kline developed one of the original lyme vaccines for humans. Glaxo was in the news just today as having teamed up with a bio-tech company and they are ready to bring to market now one of the first new drugs to treat lupus (another auto immune system type disease) in 50 years. Maybe next a lyme vaccine will be in their pipeline. Hope so, hate those ticks.
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By the way on the trail cameras I have a raccoon about the size of a bear cub, a fisher cat and coyote or coyotes. No wonder I have little or known small animals or game birds.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:21 PM
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The weekend of November 14 there was a blackpowder slaughter in Rhode Island where all the check stations had lines. But since the deer have gone underground and you can sit in the woods all day and not hear a shot fired off in the distance.
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The weekend of November 14 there was a blackpowder slaughter in Rhode Island where all the check stations had lines. But since the deer have gone underground and you can sit in the woods all day and not hear a shot fired off in the distance.
You just brought back memories..

On Long Island there is a lottery to hunt certain areas out east with a shotgun in January. Doe or buck is fine. But it was heavily regulated where the NYSDEC would have you check in in the morning..and then again at night. One year there was an approaching blizzard on the day of the hunt. As you know the deer were on the move and the hunting was outstanding. Unlike fishing..there were no size restrictions on the deer. The Italians love the small ones (like veal) and there was allot of celebrating. But the DEC officers inspecting the kills may have regretted no size restrictions. Allot of deer just past their spots all bloodied with a 12 gauge slug in the rapidly building snow was quite a site. Some monster bucks too..
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:09 AM
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We are celebrating Thanksgiving today, Friday, because yesterday was a good day to hunt and it is raining today. The high command is rummaging around in the kitchen with her spring 21 pounder and venison meat dressing -- half ground pork and half Bambi burger.

I hunt longer and further each day.
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Old 11-26-2010, 09:14 AM
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montauk is home to some of the biggest racked bucks i have ever seen in person.used to make me nutz,fishing there oct and nov, seeing them, then head upstate ny for rifle season and seeing nothing.but there is a very serious tick problem in sufolk co. i have seen deer taken in bow season that were crawling with ticks.
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:11 PM
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Apparently there is a temperature at which ticks go undersground. On a warm day this week we each had several all over us -- temp above 50. Then it got cold and we see no more of them. 25 this AM, no ticks!
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Apparently there is a temperature at which ticks go undersground. On a warm day this week we each had several all over us -- temp above 50. Then it got cold and we see no more of them. 25 this AM, no ticks!
My son and i hunted grouse all day, not one tick between us. Ice on the small water patches in the morning, never got above ~ 35F in the afternoon.

The generally published temperature at which ticks become active and looking for a blood meal is around 35F. Even in mid winter they can come out of the leaf litter or soil under the snow when the air temp hits 35-38F, and look for a blood meal.

My son updated me on a good friend in his 20's who is battling Lyme. Two years ago this young man was a as healthy and fit as any 20-something. As of a year ago he could hardly talk or walk, and a string of specialists thought he was dying of a rare disease similar to ALS. He had tested negative on tests for Lyme, which apparently is not that unusual.

Finally, with the right specialists and tests, Lyme was found to be the culprit. After almost a year of treatment, there is some improvement. But the severe brain fog and and physical disability that comes with Lyme in the advanced stages makes his teaching job impossible at this point. There seems to be a lot of hope that he can make a decent recovery, but no guarantees for a complete recovery. Lyme can be bad.
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Apparently there is a temperature at which ticks go undersground. ...
NO SIR! ... ticks are active all year 'round, and that's a fact. don't assume that they hibernate or that snow, sleet and ice deters the buggers. four years ago, during the winter, we found ticks on our dog as we we're driving back home from running him in the woods at harriman state park at freezing air temps ... there was deep snow everywhere. ticks survived the ice age, and they'll still be around after we humans nuke ourselves to valhala.
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i have played paint ball in jan and feb in 2 foot of snow,and had ticks crawling up my leg,the damm things are year round. i know that for a fact. it seems that sufolk co. long island is lyme central, when every i am out there i am very careful. the dune area between the beach and parking lots is the worst.
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:41 PM
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We put in three hours today and never ehard a shot off in the distance. Tomorrow Mass shotgun starts. At least the first couple of days the deer won't know what is going on.
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Ticks are not like other insects. First frost and insects are done for the year. Get a 70 degree day in November and go walking around in high weeds in eastern Suffolk county and you'll have ticks. It's a real turn-off to me. On a pheasant hunt once LATE in the fall my dog had so many burrowing in and out of her hair like sandeels in the sand that I was shocked. We're not talking about July
I asked my friend that bow hunts out there and he said he puts something on his CLOTHING that he says kills them on impact. I guess he does something that lets him tolerate the tick issue out there..because it is a big problem.
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:55 PM
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Mass opener was real quiet this AM. Dull.
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Quiet!, is an understatement here in Western Ma. Traveled down to the city and back getting some auto parts and no cars or trucks parked in strange or different places. More shooting yesterday with hunters sighting in. The big day if any will be Saturday.

Frank, how come I can not get the mental picture out of my mind of Joyce sitting on stand watching the Patroits game on one of those miniature TVs? This was last week when I had this image appear.
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that stuff you spray on your clothing works, it called phermitaron ,or some thing.it kills ticks on contact. enuff of this sillyness, i have to pack. i am headed upstate ny friday morning, am hoping for some snow!
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