Exactly! I killed a couple of deer during rifle season in cold and snow and they were full of ticks. No different with furbearers, I even caught a mink in a bottom edge set under the ice with a tick lodged in it's neck. Like was stated earlier, a garbage bag sprayed with flea and tick killer. I like a burlap bag lined inside a garbage bag.Smtn10pt said:If cold weather killed them off they would have gone extinct last year. They are going to be present no matter when you catch your critters.