Here are some tips on how to avoid tick bites before and after you hunt:

When possible, walk in the center of trails and paths to avoid brushing up against ticks.

Apply bug repellent to everyone in your party, including pets.

Tuck your pants into your boots or socks and tuck your shirt into your pants to prevent ticks from crawling inside clothing.

Shower immediately after returning from the outdoors to remove unattached ticks.

Check dogs for ticks after returning from tick habitats.

Remove any attached tick immediately by grasping it with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out. Do not twist or jerk.

For more information about Ohio hunting season, go to www.ohiodnr.gov.

For more information about ticks and Lyme disease, go to www.odh.ohio.gov.

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