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#6340638 - 06/19/16 02:37 PM ticks on antlers
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been watching the backyard bucks and two of them appear to have big ticks on there antlers , never seen this before , you guys have any input on this ?
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#6340676 - 06/19/16 03:19 PM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: breadman]
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It would be a good place to find blood, which is what they're after.

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#6340722 - 06/19/16 03:59 PM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: breadman]
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Never seen that
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#6341915 - 06/20/16 02:44 PM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: breadman]
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There are several bucks on my place that have ticks on their antler growth. We killed 5 pigs a couple weeks ago, and there were ticks on two of them.
Ticks are bad this year.

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#6341919 - 06/20/16 02:45 PM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: breadman]
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It is pretty common to find ticks on antlers this time of year.

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#6342760 - 06/21/16 10:04 AM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: Just Nate]
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Originally Posted By: Just Nate
It is pretty common to find ticks on antlers this time of year.

Yep sure is

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#6343010 - 06/21/16 02:09 PM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: breadman]
duk4me Offline
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Registered: 10/19/15
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A young buck was road kill near my house last year. Stopped to check it out and his antlers were covered in ticks with white spots on them.

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#6350070 - 06/27/16 10:17 PM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: breadman]
974runner Offline
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Registered: 01/14/15
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white spots on the ticks? Lyme disease?

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#6350384 - 06/28/16 10:02 AM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: 974runner]
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Registered: 07/11/12
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Originally Posted By: ckcardwell
white spots on the ticks? Lyme disease?


The ticks with the white spots are Lone Star ticks. Considerable blood flow to the antlers when actively growing, so very much susceptible to tick infestations. Very common, and actually a good place for them to be since there are no nerve cells in growing antler (doesn't itch).
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#6350389 - 06/28/16 10:09 AM Re: ticks on antlers [Re: breadman]
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Ticks are bad this year. Found 2 on my dog after this weekends trip to the ranch. I had a few crawling on my pants leg. Once it dries out there should be less. They like humidity.
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