State Extends Archery Season for Deer
Landry Harlan

The archery season for deer will be extended by two weeks in an area of the state that includes the Vineyard, state officials announced last week.

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Tick Fair at Agricultural Hall

Dukes County and the Island boards of health are sponsoring a Martha’s Vineyard Tick Fair on Saturday, July 28.

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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

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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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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Hungry Ticks Are Out: Prevention Is Key
Richard Johnson
The real tick season has started as nymphs of both deer ticks and lone star ticks are out and will be present through July.
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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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