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How to Identify These 10 Tick Species

Our love of the outdoors can bring us into contact will all sorts of unpleasant organisms, though few are as widespread as the tick. These vampiric arachnids can be found across the globe, and many are responsible for transmitting disease. Ticks have been documented transmitting a wide range of protozoan, bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogens to humans, pets, and livestock. And while there are roughly 80 different tick species that can be found in the continental United States (and over 800 found worldwide), there are ten species that really stand out. With tick season right around the corner in most areas, we hope this tick-identification gallery will help you limit your risk and teach you a little more about these complex and creepy creatures....

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Give Springtime Wildlife Extra Space

Wildlife observation continues to be a highlight of camping trips. From birds to rabbits, reptiles to white-tailed deer, various wildlife species offer an abundant supply of natural entertainment. Observing wildlife in its natural environment can be pleasing in many ways, which normally becomes a highlight of a springtime camping or hiking excursion. Wildlife and human interactions can be a positive experience for both — if common sense, respect and space are kept between animal and observer. If the goal of the outing is to observe wildlife as close as possible, then being aware of a few facts will create less stress for the wild ones. When children are included, and hopefully they are, the experience can be even more rewarding as long...

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What do I do during a bear attack?

With of the bear attacks that went on last year, the Big Sky Canvas Team wants all of our customers and their friends and family to be safe while exploring bear country. If you’re fishing, camping or hiking in the woods of North America – predominantly Canada, Alaska, Wyoming Washington, Idaho, the Dakotas or Montana it’s  possible you could come across a large bear. We have put together a few recommendations for our hunters and hikers on what to do when on an outdoor pursuit in Bear Country.  Make Noise. When entering bear country, you should be sure to make noise to alert them to your presence. Talking, clapping or singing aloud could help remove any doubt about your intentions. Do not...

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How to Remove a Tick

Ticks are a part of nature. If you plan to get outside, chances are you could come in contact with one and even get bit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ticks are most active April through September. That's right, even the first part of deer season can have you hunting with ticks. Be vigilant during those months and take precautions to avoid contact with ticks, if possible, and repel them with DEET or Permethrin. If prevention fails, and you find a tick still embedded in your skin, then follow these steps from the CDC to remove it: How to Remove a Tick 1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the head (in the...

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Wilderness Survival Skills All Hunters Should Know.

Hunters innately possess several coveted outdoor survival skills, like how to track, kill, and field dress an animal. However, like everyone, they might have some gaps in their knowledge, and since we spend most of our time in the wilderness, it is best to know how to survive it if the worst should happen. 1 – Navigating by Day or Night If you find yourself off your usual hunting trail and without GPS, it is important to still know your way around. During the day, the sun is your most powerful directional tool as it rises in the east and sets in the west. If you have general knowledge of the area, this can help lead you back to a...

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