American dog ticks, blacklegged ticks, and lone star ticks can all pose a threat to outdoorsmen and women during the fall hunting seasons.
Unlike pets and humans, wild animals such as deer are not affected by the blacklegged tick and suffer no ill effects from Lyme disease. Additionally, Lyme disease cannot be transmitted by the consumption of venison. Hunters should keep in mind, however, that hunting and dressing deer may bring them into close contact with infected ticks.
Take the time to learn about Ohio's tick species and how to protect yourself. You may be able to identify a tick you found using the diagram below. If you believe the tick is a lone star or blacklegged tick, or if you are unable to identify the tick, you may send the tick to your local health department for identification.
For more information about ticks in Ohio, visit the following link: wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/ticks-in-ohio