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Northern taxidermists have it better than Southern taxidermists

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by joeym, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    We had a few weeks of "sho nuff" cold weather. It wuz great! Deer coming in by leaps and bounds! Then, yesterday it warmed up, and the ticks woke up!Deer are are livid with them today. I'm so tired of pricking them mutter fluckers off. Had to go in and shower mid morning just to get them out of my hair. Yep, cold weather taxidermists have it way better!!!
     
  2. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    In a lot of ways we really do. Being that Im both, lol, I certainly see the differences. You can let these stay out and its cold enough. Where I was, the ticks were minimal. I suppose if you like power washing skins, the south does have that weather advantage!
     

  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    This year the ticks were'nt that bad up north here but other years they are horrific here too. Nothing like taking a head out of the freezer to thaw and see the ticks come back life after a week in the freezer.
     
  4. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    Once frozen solid in a freezer, I have never seen a tick come back to life.
     
  5. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Well, I don't know what to tell you trophy specialist. It happens here all of the time. Maybe it's these northern ticks, maybe we don't have it better after all?
     
  6. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    I wasnt there to say either way, but my experience up north was not too many ticks, but a ton of keds.
     
  7. verne

    verne Well-Known Member

    They still crawl around ; I`am in northern Michigan ;D
     
  8. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    trophy...your right...if they freeze they dead......if they came "back to life" then they didn't freeze..they found an insulated pocket in the hide...oh and btw if you like pin feathered birds then come on up north.....
     
  9. ANDY

    ANDY Well-Known Member

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    Same here
     
  10. I have never seen one come back to life after being frozen, and I see a lot of them lately
     
  11. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    I'm in northern Michigan too for the last two years, but I lived/worked in southern Michigan for over 20 years before. The Michigan deer I take in really don't even have that many parasites compared to the ones I get from out of state. They say tick numbers are rising in Michigan though. I have never seen any keds or lice on Michigan deer either, but I have from other states. 90%+ of my deer are frozen solid before I cape them. I have never seen a live tick come off a deer that has been frozen solid, and by solid, I'm talking about at least a few days in a zero degree freezer.
     
  12. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Guy's I'm not trying to pull your leg, I've seen it many times. Now granted I don't check to see if the ticks are all frozen solid but they damn sure do start crawling around on my skinning table, which happens to be white, for such a reason. The worst I ever seen was a bear from Canada, it came in as a frozen block, it took 3 days to thaw out enough to work with it, ticks where crawling everywhere. Luckily there was a post about killing ticks that I found and thanks to George, I think it was I now have the solution for that. Think about it, these critters are designed to survive, even in subzero temps.
     
  13. hounddoggy

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    They (ticks) have been engineers to effectively spread lunes disease so I wouldn't be surprised if they have figured out how to get them to survive freezes.
     
  14. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    we get a fly or two in the deer cabin every year that freezes and the next weekend when cabin warms up he comes back "alive" and flys around until we leave and cabin gets cold again
     
  15. I see many ticks every year here in southern tn and also been seeing a lot of keds too this last couple of years.
     
  16. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    the only thing we may have better is when its below zero theres nothing to do but stay in and stuff things.....and zero humidity dries stuff faster......
     
  17. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    We northerners also enjoyed the quick dry times of winter. It changes in summer for sure though.
     
  18. livbucks

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    I have seen that it takes up to two weeks at or below zero in the freezer to guarantee complete tick mortality. A couple days wont always do it. As for Keds, I have had them land on my neck while hunting and bite me. I hate them! The deer in Northern PA are loaded with keds.