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zaj56

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Last evening I decided to head up in the mountain to check a camera I have put out in Bear country. I always have a large hunting knife and a 40 cal.pistol with me for security thinking that I will be ok in any possible situation. About 300 yds from my camera I noticed that the ground was all tore up and there was a hole in the ground that I never noticed before. As I approached the hole I realized that recently a bear had located and dug up a yellow jackets nest(probably at night)  Well  the yellow jackets were cranky and decided to take their frustration out on me....there was no way to out run them and I got stung repeatedly...the gun and knife being of no use in this situation...I got stung at least 20 times! I did have some anxiety about having a reaction to the bites because I was over a mile away from my car....but luckily I had no averse reaction but am still really sore and itchy but also thankful to be ok.
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Well you know we have those horrible illegal immigrants down here as well, lol. We call them European Wasps. It really annoys me when people call them bees. I remember one time when l was in the USA in Idaho hunting elk. I was at a taxidermist and they were all calling them bees. I went to quite a bit of trouble to explain that bees look similar but are smaller and they are the only insects who make honey and so on. A couple of days later l was back at the taxidermist and all the people were sitting around eating when a European Wasp flew in and they all said darn BEES! That was it! l give up, lol.
Medical advice states that if you are stung repeatedly like you described, that you are now prone to an anaphylactic shock, if you are stung repeatedly again. It is recommended that you carry an epinephrine autoinjector, you should enquire with your doctor.
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Oh! almost forgot, did you check the camera?
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Boy, you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. We all have far more to fear from wasps than from bears or rattlesnakes. Years ago I worked with a fellow who apparently attracted yellow-jackets; someone else in the group could step in the nest and they'd come out and sting this poor guy repeatedly -- it apparently has something to do with body odor.
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Well you know we have those horrible illegal immigrants down here as well, lol. We call them European Wasps. It really annoys me when people call them bees. I remember one time when l was in the USA in Idaho hunting elk. I was at a taxidermist and they were all calling them bees. I went to quite a bit of trouble to explain that bees look similar but are smaller and they are the only insects who make honey and so on. A couple of days later l was back at the taxidermist and all the people were sitting around eating when a European Wasp flew in and they all said darn BEES! That was it! l give up, lol.
Medical advice states that if you are stung repeatedly like you described, that you are now prone to an anaphylactic shock, if you are stung repeatedly again. It is recommended that you carry an epinephrine autoinjector, you should enquire with your doctor.


Thats great advice...Thanks..  I certainly will talk to my dr. about this and I still have to go back and get the camera. I agree with Woody that the wasps and ticks are much more of a threat to us here than bears and snakes.
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