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something to think about when dropping a tree....

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ScotO, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. ScotO

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    we were out scouting archery hunting spots several years back, up a good ways back in the laurel on top of the mountain.....
    it was a cool, September morning, cool enough that the bugs were sluggish. Well we were following a deer trail thorugh the laurel, I was in the lead, my brother was behind me, and my brother's buddy was last in line. Never saw that HUGE bald face hornet nest that was knee-high.....by the time me and my brother got past it, the bees were out and stinging his buddy.....

    I never EVER thought that I could run that fast in thick laurel......but once you get on 'plane' up on top of the laurel, you can really fly!!

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I have drop enough hollow tree that will make you sick...Guess thats why I am jumpy on or off the saw. But at this point of the game I could careless if I ever fell another one.
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  3. Bret Chase

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    I hate those stupid bugs.... I hear there are worse stings... apparently there is this wasp in Japan that is larger than a hummingbird.... and it's sting supposedly is like being shot, stabbed, and lit on fire all at the same time.....
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  5. Bret Chase

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    my god.... I'd have to keep my shotgun on my back in the woods.....
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    Yeah, I went out there on Saturday and hit the hive with some wasp killer foam. Took the camera and telephoto lens out with me so I could take a picture of them and figure out what they were. Like I said, I have never been stung by anything that hurt that bad, and I have been stung by plenty of bees. The stings were warm the next day and swollen and they itched for about a week. Fastest I can remember running. Took off running as soon as I heard the buzz, but they got me anyway.The first sting was in my hand, but I was actually wearing gloves so it wasn't too terrible. The garage was right behind me along with the door to the house. Cannot imagine how bad it might have been if I was in the middle of a field. After I sprayed it down, I taped a propane torch to a stick and lit it on fire. Just cannot imagine how bad it could have been if one of the kids got into that. They were 5 and 3 years old at the time this happened.
  7. Bret Chase

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    Yeah... I like the fire part as a **** you to the hive....
  8. fabsroman

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    Yeah, we have something in Maryland called the European Hornet. The thing grows to about 2 inches and eats yellow jackets. My dad hit a hive of them while he was living in Italy and got stung so many times he almost died. We used to shoot them with the pellet gun in the backyard of the first house we lived in.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_hornet
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    Was fishing on a three acre farm pond in a john boat down in Georgia. There was a pipe spillway with a metal grate on at the deeper end near the tree line. We dropped our cinder block anchor on the spillway not realizing we got the rope tangled. Long story short, the back of the drifted into the tree line stirring up a hornets nest. My cousin and I were hit very hard with multiple stings before jumping out of the boat and getting under water. My brother and other cousin were pretty far away and one of them got stung as well. Most of the stings were on my torso, but when I swam over to get the boat after the fury seemed to have died down, couldn't get the anchor untangled which gave one last sneak attack for one pissed off hornet. Right in my temple. Just dropped me with the pain. My cousin cut the rope and got us back to the dock where the pain in my head had me tossing my cookies. Damn six ft snake swam a foot away from my face as I was heaving
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    Who said that a bad day fishing beats a good day at work?
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    Good story but when I got to the snake part I thought you were going to tell us you got snake bit from the hornet sting. That would have been a very bad day!
  12. jdp1152

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    Fortunately the only time I've been bitten by a snake was a small garter snake that couldn't even break my skin and got tired of my teenage self trying to play with it. No idea what kind of snake it was that day. The area was prone to cottonmouths and copperheads, but pretty sure it was likely just a harmless water snake. Regardless, I prefer not have any of them a few feet from my face, woozy or not. One good thing about living up north now....poisonous snakes are incredibly rare to see.....but the bass are a lot smaller.
  13. Lumber-Jack

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    Just one more reason why I always cut my firewood in the Fall after it has cooled down.
    Winter there is too much snow, Spring is often mucky and the woods are full of ticks, Summer and early Fall is generally too hot, and that's when the insects are active. Late Fall is just right. ;)
  14. nate379

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    I'd scream like a 6 year old girl!

    Found out I'm allergic to them this summer. Was helping my brother cut his firewood in Maine. Stuck my boot on the bumper of his plow truck to tie the laces and a big old hornet/wasp came buzzing out of the tailgate latch and got me in the hand.

    Hand swelled up as did my throat and tongue!

    I think we used a whole can of gas on them suckers!

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    With that kind of day it could only get better the next day.
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    I had one of those days today...... started off in the crapper and went downhill from there...
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    If you haven't tried it before spit in your palm and mix up some tobacco, some chew or out of the end of a cig.
    Put some of the paste on the sting. It'll stop the pain within a couple minutes.
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    Lots of suggestions to dump boiling water in ground bee nests. Try soapy water. Insects "breathe" through their abdomen. Covering them with soapy water suffocates them. We stirred up a ground bee nest last summer brush hogging an area which hadn't been done in many years. A couple applications of soapy water did the trick.
  19. katwillny

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    that's awful for the dog. I remember as a kid my grandfather had close to 100 crates of honey bees and being the mischievous kids that we were we used to poke the hives with long sticks to try to get fresh honey. Meanwhile there were hundreds of gallons of honey inside the shed where grandpa used to store the honey prior to taking it to the market to sell it. He once found us messing with the hives and the stinging of the butt whipping was much worse than getting stung by bees.
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    Cig or cigar work best. You want it to dry pretty quick so it draws out the poison as well as having the nicotine acting as an analgesic. Dip/Chew are very moist, but can work in a pinch. If southern folklore is to be believed, a freshly cut onion will also sooth a sting. Personally, I've never found much comfort in any of the above remedies, but I'm sure my anger at the yellow jackets/wasps/hornets at the time might skew my opinion on marginal results.
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    Yeah, we don't have a single tobacco product in the house, so I might have to try the onion trick. Hope I never have a next time to warrant such a try. Only time I saw a tobacco product being used for "medicinal" purposes is when my uncle burned a leach off of my foot. That is what I got for walking around in the creek without shoes. Problem is, he died 2 months after my wedding almost 8 years ago from lung cancer.
  22. nate379

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    I was wondering as well. I could have swore AOL went T.U. like 10 years ago!

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