I showed you a photo I took of a Doe Sticking Tongue In Fawns Ear yesterday. Todays photo is a closeup of a Whitetail Fawn with lots of ticks around each ear. This will give you an idea of what these poor deer go through with the ticks at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The deer spend lots of time grooming each other and this helps with tick removal. I noticed the edges of the ears are the worst. I think this is because it is more difficult to get to those ticks during grooming, but they seem to eventually get it done.
According to The Field Manual of Wildlife Diseases in the Southeastern United States, a comprehensive guide published by SCWDS, “…heavy infestations of ticks may produce fawn mortality up to a reported estimate of 30 percent.” (Source: QDMA)
I always thought that regular burning of an area would reduce the tick population. Studies show fire can certainly reduce tick abundance, but it seems the parasites will quickly rebound. (Source: QDMA)
Here is a blog post with a photo of a Whitetail Buck that has ticks on its velvet antlers: Whitetail Deer With Ticks On AntlersWhitetail Fawn With Ticks Around Ears - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma