I just got home from a trip to Minot N.D. to see a new grand daughter. I took several guns along as my son lives out in the boonies and has his own range, However even though the temp was getting near or below freezing at night as soon as the sun came out so did the ticks. I walked to the range which is 100 yards from the house and laid my rifle on the bench and walked to the 50 yard target to staple up some new paper. Thats as far as I got. I had ticks in my pants ticks in my hair....my pant legs were covered with ticks. I did not count them but there had to be 50 ticks just on my britches legs alone. I have never been one to shy away from the woods because of the bugs but this was like nothing I had ever encountered. My son said dryly yup they're bad up here.
I opened the gun cases this morning to wipe down my guns and put them away and the gun that I took to the range had three ticks crawling on it when I pulled it out of the case and there were a couple more in the case. I had taken it out of the case at the range and propped it up on the bipod and left the case unzipped for maybe 5 minutes.
I can't imagine turkey hunting in N.D. and dealing with that.
Do you Alaskans have to deal with ticks of that magnitude?