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Survival Priorties When Lost

Survival Signaling When Lost Video

J. Wayne Fears discusses different of methods of survival signaling when lost.   You should start by always letting someone know where you are and when you should be expected back. This way when you do not return you can be assured someone will be looking for you. A few items to carry should include […]

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Several years ago, I was turkey hunting with a great friend of mine and ended up pulling no less than five ticks off of me in one afternoon fortunately, none had bitten me at that point. Later that evening I found number six my buddy pulled him off while uttering words that are now seared into my memory banks, "Don't worry, he wasn't eating, he was just latched on." So, I didn't worry...bad idea Deer Tick Photo courtesy of Field and Stream.com Two week later, at the close of the average two-week incubation period, I began falling asleep on the couch. I was so fatigued that I would doze off mid-conversation with my wife. Of course, I'm a guy so I've done that a time or two however, according to my wife this time it seemed just odd enough to catch her attention. Consecutive afternoons found me walking through the house, leaving a trail of clothing behind me as I headed to bed - for those who know me, early to bed is not part of my genetic makeup. After a few days of this my wife came into the bedroom to ask me if I was okay. I had not climbed into the bed yet so she readily noticed I was literally covered in a terrible rash. As wives generally are, she was much more concerned about it than I was thank God for her She forced me to see a doctor and made me promise I would bring up the tick bite. After much looking, prodding, reading, and waiting, the doctor concluded that I had undoubtedly contracted the infamous Lyme disease, a disease that, left untreated, can kill a poor fella Oops Have I told you how lucky I am to be married to the greatest, most observant woman in the world? (I hope she's reading this). Long story short - because we caught it quickly, a short two-week round of antibiotics completely cured me. Well, years later (just a few days ago - Father's Day to be exact) I headed out to the special spot I like to call my Honey Hole for an afternoon of bowhunting in triple-digit heat. My buddy and I hoped to bag a double so although my hunting ended with the harvest of a great looking sow, we stayed in the tree for several more hours. At the close of the evening we climbed down and followed an excessive blood trail into one of the ugliest briar and vine-infested thickets you could imagine. It was a great shot, a heart shot She hadn't gone more than 50 yards, but it was the toughest 50-yard drag I've ever experienced between the heat and dragging the sow through that nasty ol' thicket, I just knew I was borderline asphyxiation or cardiac arrest, one or the other I finally reached the edge of the open field then left her to get the truck. It was dark and we were tired. We took a couple rushed pictures there in the field then loaded her into the bed of the truck. We arrived at my home and quickly strung her up on a hoist and took a short and much needed break. During the break my friend noticed a tick crawling up the front of his shirt. Alarmed, we checked OURSELVES for ticks. I was the lucky ones no ticks found, thank God. My bout with Lyme disease left me just a tad sensitive when it comes to ticks. The next afternoon, during a meeting, I was pulling at the whiskers on my rugged goatee when I felt a bump. Oh for crying out loud It was a tick! I checked high, low and everywhere in between the one place I hadn't checked was my face! I mean, who gets a tick on their face? Me! This time I rationalized the situation. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2008 there were 105 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Texas it's rare. Understanding that, it's conceivable that if I've contracted the disease again, I should also by a lottery ticket. Of course, the purpose of my story, albeit amusing to most of you, is that you cannot take ticks lightly They are here and if you spend time outside you've got to check for them Here's a tip for safe tick removal: Pull the tick body away from your skin as much as possible so that it only attached at the head and so that you can get your "fingers" around it. Douse a cotton ball (or pad) in rubbing alcohol and wrap the cotton ball around the tick, smothering it. Hold the cotton ball there for approximately 10 minutes. This asphyxiates the tick. Remove the lifeless tick by slowly and steadily pulling with tweezers. When it is detached, ensure the head is still attached to the tick's body. Note: It still takes a little bit of pressure/pulling to remove the tick using this method, take it slowly. Hunt hard, hunt often and stay safe.

Just a Little Tick Talk

Turkey Hunters and Campers should have a little tick talk Several years ago, I was turkey hunting with a great friend of mine and ended up pulling no less than five ticks off of me in one afternoon fortunately, none had bitten me at that point. Later that evening I found number six my buddy […]

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Outfitter Tracker Systems - Hunter Safety Software and Products

Outfitter Tracker Systems – Hunter Safety Software and Products

  Outdoor Tracker Systems offers an array of hunter safety software and products to help Hunters, Hikers, Outfitters, Guides, Hunting Clubs and property owners better manage their property for hunting, game management and other outdoor activities. Global Outfitters has teamed with Outdoor Tracker Systems to offer the following special pricing packages. Helping you provide a […]

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Katadyn Hiker Pro Portable Water Filter

Katadyn Hiker Pro Portable Water Filter

Outside enjoying your next memory to last a lifetime can change to the dark side without clean water to drink. The solution could be a small, lightweight and highly reliable portable water filter. As a durable and reliable pump filter, the Katadyn Hiker Pro effectively eliminates bacteria, protozoa, and cysts but not viruses. It uses […]

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