Did you know May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month? Of course you didn’t. Every month is Lyme and tick awareness month for a hunter. Although the little bloodsuckers are active mostly during the warmer months, it’s not out of the question to pick up a parasite any time the temperature rises above 45 degrees. That means turkey hunters and early-season bowhunters in particular are at high risk for tick bites.
Most bites are harmless annoyances that leave an itchy red mark after we pull the tick off. Others can lead to a debilitating illness or even death. More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Centers for Disease Control in 2012, a record that will likely be broken in coming years. At least 10 deaths were attributed to Lyme disease in Massachusetts alone in 2012.
Know your ticks and learn how to avoid Lyme disease. What better way to celebrate Lyme disease awareness month.