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Posted: 05 December 2017 at 4:13pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Wasps, bees, & hornets. Deathly allergic to them. One
sting on the hand, finger even, will cause the hand and
forearm to swell to a massive stiffened club with useless
fingers the size of fat hotdogs.
Before the blood pressure and heart issues I could use an
Eppipen, but no longer. No Benadryl either. So I MUST
keep my distance from them. Boxes attract them like
nothing in this world. And spraying stuff stinks too.

I hunted the reservation as a youngster from horseback.
Not much cover, and trees on the prairie? Maybe 6 in a
100 mile radius. My best camo is stillness. And I've
waited as much as three days in one spot to terminate the
command of an NVA Col. from a hole in the ground. And
after the shot, two rifle platoons combed the area and
never found me. I was 250m from the small village they
occupied, under cover of foliage in the treeline above
them. Nearly got stepped on twice, but they never saw me.

I'm not trained to hunt or fight from a box. There were
no elevated stands in the rolling prairies and coolees of
S. Dakota and no portable insulated boxes with office
chairs in the jungles of Vietnam. So I guess I stink, and
missed the memo for box hunting training.. Maybe I
thought the said Fox Hunting and chose not to attend.
And I do have a low power glass with mil-dot for
distance work if needed. But out to 250m, I'm adequate
with the M-4 carry handle peep sights. From the area
I'm dug into, 150m is about the furthest I'll have to
shoot. Maybe my ancient eyes will hold up.

Young grandson had the box facing west. The predominant
wind is out of the east. The treeline I'm dug into faces
east. My "stink" is going behind me and the setting sun
won't be in my eyes this time either. So give me a little
credit here. Afterall, I fed about a dozen families up on
the rez for about 8 years using a 1903A3, and there was
that little business in S.E. Asia with a few dozen
confirmed. But they didn't have any racks to write home
about
Was going to get one of those pop up blinds, but I'm a
bit claustrophobic as well as stinky!

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Posted: 05 December 2017 at 5:39pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Wade,

You might find some scent blocker clothing beneficial!



Mike

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Posted: 05 December 2017 at 8:13pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I give up.....

I'm going out to step in front of a rotating prop of a
C47...

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Old Ranger wrote:
I give up.....

I'm going out to step in front of a rotating prop of a
C47...


Well crud, that doesn't seem like a very good way to hunt!

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Wade, obviously I wasn't there to see it but I have read many stories about people of your ancestry developing the skill to sit almost in the wide open and not be seen. Either while hunting or fighting, it seems to be a skill they had developed by being one with nature for so long. I don't doubt that this method will work quit well. Sometimes this modern hunting doesn't seem like hunting at all.
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If an Epi-pen cannot be used due to cardiovascular issues, inquire of your physician about an emergency syringe that uses Theophylline, instead. It doesn't work quite as reliably as epinephrine in reversing the anaphylactoid reaction symptoms, but it it's a little bit kinder to the heart. Another syringe with a big dose of dexamethasone or similar steroid could also be life-saying. LASTLY, a cellophane packet (like individual "Life-Saver" candies come in), with 100mg. of Benadryl or 50mg. of Phenergan could ALSO stave off disaster (you'd just put them in your mouth, crunch them up & wash them down with water).

As you point out, the BEST therapy is to not go places where Hymenopterae are likely to nest. But sometimes, it can be discovered too late (and rather painfully) that one is sharing quarters with them.

If your physician stares at you wide-eyed, like you've instantly begun to grow horns out of your head, when you inquire of this, don't be surprised. The theophylline trick is controversial, and less well-known, but it beats hell outta getting stung & blowing up like a balloon. The same physician may consider the steroid shot & anti-histamines as too little too late, but all 3 would be better than nothing.
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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 7:31am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Wow, that's a lot to think about.
If those things with needles are like regular syringe
things, I can't use em. 100% super terrified of needles!
When I get blood drawn at the VA for the lab thing I
always go bat-$h*t crazy. Hyperventilating, break out in
a sweat, full panic mode. Sometimes it just doesn't
happen and I back out of the place with clenched fists. I
can't do needles.
Been shot, stabbed, hit by cars, and stomped on in some
fights, but needles totally cause pandemonium.
So I'll look into any oral meds for sure though. Thanks!


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