New Maps Document Spread of Ticks
Landry Harlan
Maps prepared by cartographer Chris Seidel document the spread of deer ticks, dog ticks and lone star ticks.
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Deer Harvest Is Up, Bolstering Work of Tick-Borne Illness Programs
Sara Brown
Island hunters took nearly 800 deer during the 2017 deer hunting season, the highest harvest in at least 16 years, according to recently released state data.
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Shotgun Hunting Season Brings Gift of Venison, Research Opportunities
Steve Myrick

Shotgun hunting season began Monday, and the weigh station was busy this week with hunters, biologists collecting ticks, and a new deer donation program.

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Deer Season Brings New Options for Hunters
Sara Brown
Island boards of health and a nonprofit partner are rolling out a new program to help hunters donate and process venison on the Island.
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Initiative to Reduce Deer Herd Dominates Tick Discussion
Alex Elvin

Efforts to reduce the Island deer herd, and an apparent spread of lone star ticks, topped a presentation this week.

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Lone Star Ticks Are on the Move
Alex Elvin
Island biologist Richard Johnson has been documenting an apparent spread of lone star ticks inland from Aquinnah and Chappaquiddick this summer.
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Despite Some Pushback, Oak Bluffs Stays the Course on Deer Hunt Idea
Sara Brown

Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday decided to stay the course after revisiting their decision to back an expanded deer hunting season on the Island.

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Selectmen in Three Towns Join the Call for Added Deer Hunt
Sara Brown and Alex Elvin

Amid growing concern about Lyme disease, selectmen in Edgartown, Aquinnah and West Tisbury this week agreed to join the call for adding another two-week deer hunt next January.

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Oak Bluffs, Chilmark Unanimously Back Extra Deer Hunt
Sara Brown and Alex Elvin

Selectmen in Oak Bluffs and Chilmark last night threw their full support behind a plan to add a second two-week shotgun season for deer in January next year.

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Access to Martha's Vineyard Hunting Lands Is Limited
Alex Elvin
The Vineyard has more deer per square mile than most areas in the state, but most of land remains off limits to hunting.
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