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Ticks rise to occasion of warmer weather

American dog tick
American dog tick

HIKING -- What a difference a couple of warm days can make.

Neither my dog nor I picked up ticks in Wednesday's cold temperatures while hikng BLM's Lakeview Ranch near Odessa.

On Friday, after a couple warmer nights and days, a friend harvested a bumper crop of ticks while hiking and fly fishing at Crab Creek.

Be prepared, sage-country early-season hikers!

Click here to read my detailed primer on hiking and recreating in tick country.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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