New Tick-Borne Disease Identified

by
posted on July 31, 2013
dogs_ah2015_fs.jpg (23)

Scientists have confirmed a long-time suspicion: The Heartland virus—first noticed in 2009 when it affected two Missouri farmers—is indeed a tick-borne illness. The findings were published July 22 in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

I take this as just one more reason that all upland bird hunters, regardless of geographical region, should take precautions against ticks. Tuck your pants into your boots; wear tick repellent; do a tick check when you get home; and always apply a monthly tick preventative to your dog.

The threat of previously known tick-borne illnesses is also on the rise. According to a study by Dr. Susan Little of Oklahoma State University, a huge tick expansion is continually spreading these diseases into new areas. Little found cases of such serious ailments as Lyme, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis nearly nationwide.

Latest

Field Judge Pronghorn Lead
Field Judge Pronghorn Lead

How to Field Judge a Pronghorn

Failure to consider all aspects of a pronghorn buck’s headgear could lead to ground shrinkage. Here’s how the “Rule of 6’s” and three important “X-Factors” play crucial roles when field judging hard-to-judge speed goats.

#SundayGunday: Henry Lever Action Brass Axe .410

Get a closer look at the Henry Lever Action Brass Axe .410, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

Why Your State Fish and Game Agency Needs to Build More Public Shooting Ranges

The surge in gun sales and shooting sports participation in recent years has fueled the need for ever-more places to shoot. Here’s an in-depth look at how state fish-and-game agencies use funds collected from excise taxes paid by gun and ammo buyers to build public shooting ranges.

The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Debating Anti-Hunters Part II

The author had an exchange about the local coyote population in Northern Virginia with a woman on social media. Their discussion serves as a good follow-up to his last article on handling anti-hunters.

Mozambique Common Sense Hunting Tips

Hunters should always be on the lookout for know-how they can use. On a buffalo hunt in Mozambique, the author was all too happy to soak up some bushcraft that can be of use to us all in North America.

Choosing the Best Optics Setup for Western Big-Game Hunting

An ideal optics setup for Western big-game hunting includes a binocular, spotting scope, rangefinder and riflescope. Here’s how to choose the best of each for your needs.  

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.