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How to Deal with Ticks When Hunting

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With hunting season in full swing, it is safe to say that ticks are too. Dealing with ticks is never fun—so here are some tips on how to deal with ticks when hunting so you can focus on the fun stuff and not these nasty pests.  

Tip #1: Wear long sleeves and pants 
Wearing clothes that cover up most of your skin can help keep ticks off your body. You can also notice them easier before they crawl onto your skin, especially if you are wearing lighter clothes. Tucking an undershirt into your pants is another way to help prevent ticks from crawling under your jacket and onto your arms, chest, or back.   

Tip #2: Tuck the bottom of your pants into your socks
Taking the bottom of your pants and tucking them securely into your socks helps to prevent ticks from crawling up your legs. Often, a lot of them can end up on your shoes and pants, so cutting off a point of entry at the bottom of your legs will help you keep these guys off you.  

Tip #3: Take a shower once you get back inside 
It is important to do a tick-check every few hours when you are out in the woods. This can help you catch some right away that may have gotten on your skin. If you are out hunting with some friends, it never hurts for them to help check as well if you have any ticks, especially in hard to see places such as your back. Additionally, taking a shower after hunting will help you to catch any ticks that might be hiding. This allows you to do a last thorough check.  

Tip#4: Wash your clothes with scent-free detergent 
Ticks are known to be attracted to scents. Washing your hunting clothes with a scent-free detergent will help lower the chances of you attracting unwanted pests. Not only this, but it also ensures that deer or other animals can’t smell you either! 

Tip #5: Use Tick Repellent 
Tick repellent adds a whole other layer *pun intended* of protection on your hunts. There are many different options you can choose from. As stated earlier, it would be best to find a repellent that is scent-free as that will help ticks to be less attracted to you. Any repellents with eucalyptus oil or DEET are known to be most effective.