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The Joys Of Being A Southern Taxidermist...

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by joeym, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    29C8EA5B-E7E0-45D8-BA39-18F2663B9951.jpeg I’m sooooo tired of ticks Been pulling 8-10 a day off me. If I don’t get Lyme’s, I’m gonna end up being allergic to red meat. Really ready for deer season to end!
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  2. Lance.G

    Lance.G Well-Known Member

    Throw that thing in a garage bag and a cup of laquer thinner. The it off and the the fumes kill um.

  3. Most of what I have this year isn't bad with ticks. Then again I haven't taken in near what I have in the past. This year has been off so far.
  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I've tried that, Raid, Bengal...It just makes them madder. We get inundated with deer (300+) way faster than we can individually treat each of them. I hate warm periods during deer season; it makes the deer livid with ticks.
  5. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Ticks haven’t been too bad for me this year - just on the east Texas deer and I put those straight into the freezer for a few days... of course I don’t have 300 deer coming in. I do hate those things though, I feel your pain! We all have to be careful, that lyme disease is bad stuff, not to mention the various other diseases ticks carry.
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  6. Ron B

    Ron B Life Sucks.....Then comes the death roll!!!!

    I probably pull an average of 5 out of me every day. Not "off" of me...but out! My record was around 20! I salt and flesh around 2000 deer hides a year as well as all the capeing so I figure I have been inseminated with every thing a tick can carry! A neighbor just informed me this week he was diagnosed with the meat allergy thing from a tick bite! Thats three local people I know. If I can't eat something with a hoof I dont want to go on!:(:(
  7. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    If you develop Alpha-Gal, your desire to eat red meat will diminish entirely, because of the illness that follows. I know one taxidermist who has to wear shoulder length gloves while handling raw capes to keep from having a reaction. It's bad stuff.
  8. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Joey I hear ya. Every evening when we come in and get ready for showers we strip down and do "tick checks" on each other.

    I'm sure this conversation will now go south.
  9. 2 of the bigger outfits I mount for use a feed that has garlic in it. I never see a tick on any deer off those places.
  10. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

    only if thats where the ticks were found :D

    seriously though...Permethrin kills ticks, its great for treating your clothes. when the ticks get on the clothing they die with in seconds. treat your shirt and pants, socks and shoes too.

    you could tape the sleeves shut around the gloves you wear or get the gloves with longer cuffs and pull them over the sleeves while dealing with these deer hides.

    i use it to treat my spring turkey outfit and groundhog hunting clothes, never found a tick on me yet.

  11. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I can't believe that you folks aren't using permethrin if you have that much exposure to ticks. I use it when I go into the woods during the spring/early summer tick season and never have any ticks on my any more.
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  12. Ron B

    Ron B Life Sucks.....Then comes the death roll!!!!

    A good friend was diagnosed two years ago with it. He had three episodes before they figured out what it was. He would break out in huge whelps. He showed me some pictures and he didn't even look human! It was nasty!! Now he cannot even stand next to a grill that is cooking beef! I guess I will try the permethrium thing. I used to just ignore the ticks, but now I live in fear! I do the mirror check thing too every night!
  13. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    My question would be what is the effects on humans using this. They can claim it is safe today but is it really? Who really knows except maybe the chemical company manufacturing it. Chemical companies often claim things are safe only to be discovered later they were not. Then you have all these lawyers on television advertising, "If you or a loved on died while using permethrin call us now. You may be entitled to substantial compensation!"
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  14. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    It's one of the few pesticides that is even considered safe around food.
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  15. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

    I'm more worried about the percentage of round up i eat every day as it is now in most of our foods and is known to cause cancer. its in the baby foods too. what is that doing to our children ?
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  16. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Permethrin isn't absorbed into the human body and that is why it is relatively safe for us. Other animals and birds not so safe. Still, I think I'd opt for the clothing laced with Permethrin vs rubbing it all over my body if possible...
  17. Judson Tolman

    Judson Tolman New Member

    We just use dish soap in a spray bottle. Kills most of them very quickly. (Like second). The real strong ones need a little longer. It smothers them since they breath thru their skin. Anyone else do this?
  18. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I've preached permethrin for over 40 years and no one listens. I never brought a fresh hide directly into the shop. Had a cheap blue tarp outside with a sign for customers to put their deer "here". Sprayed the tarp heavily every day
    When a client came in, I walked out with a spray bottle an sprayed the hide down. When I brought the deer in for caping, the last thing ticks that were still alive thought of was finding a host. If you have cats or tropical fish, you're on your own. Those two species are the only ones you need to worry over.

    It's sold as "kennel spray" or "stable spray". Many kennels spray it directly on dogs. Tractor Supply even carries concentrate that MUST BE DILUTED WITH WATER. Read and heed the warnings on that label. They sell an already diluted brand in a gallon jug with a pump sprayer.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2019
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  19. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    00FDF09C-2F9C-4D3B-96AF-EBB5683C8438.jpeg Use sheep Dip.
  20. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

    Oh man Dave I hope you never had the pleasure uh I mean pain of drinking that shit. We had a little game of sending bad shots back and forth between coworkers at the bar one night. That Sheep Dip ended the game. Didn’t help that there was a dead fly in the bottom of the bottle either. Yuck!