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Lyme Disease: My story on diagnosing and managing this disease -
posted 2 months ago
Interesting, terrifying story. Also very contrary to my own experience both with Lyme and Doctors. I have been dealing with ticks here in Massachusetts since I started bowhunting in 1993. I’ve picked a fair number our of my skin. They are not hard to remove and the head will not get stuck in you. Of all those ticks, most of which I got within a few hours of attachment, only one passed Lyme to me. It attached on my back and I missed it.
The symptoms were raging, short term fevers, fatigue, back ache and some stuffiness. I felt like I’d aged 20 years. My wife made me go to the hospital after a week of this and they immediately tested me for Lyme, Ehrychliosis etc. While waiting for the test I was put on Doxicycline, which is the antibiotic for these diseases. When the test came back positive for Lyme the prescription was extended to a total of 4 weeks.
The Doxi was effective within just a few days and apparently fully effective in eradicating the Lyme after the 4 week dosage. It was gone, and no lingering problems and its been 6 years.
My Dr gave me a prescription of 8 Doxi pills with instructions to take two immediately upon finding a tick attached to my body. Taken as a prophylactic the Doxi should prevent Lyme from infecting you if present in the tick. It is also important to remove the tick as soon as possible, so check yourself frequently when out, and thoroughly at least once a day. Ive removed two ticks from my skin since having Lyme, used the Doxi and not had any Lyme since.
My experience with Lyme is that there is effective medication, Doctors understand what Lyme is and how to diagnose it, and that Doxi is an effective ‘morning after” drug. I’d encourage every hunter or outdoorsperson to ask there Doctor for a prophylactic prescription of Doxicycline and use it.
Mouth watering javelina taco recipe -
posted 4 months ago
Hey Josh, nice prep. I’ll try it. I’ve done one javelina and in addition to cleaning off the knife between skinning and meat cutting, I threw away the nitrile skinning gloves and donned some fresh for the cutting. Everything tasted great.
Here is a question I’ve not been able to find an answer for anywhere. Do Javelina carry trichinosis? Steve Rinella says they must becuase they are omnivores. He doesn’t cite a source other than his reasoning. I cant find anything on the CDC website or any other website that says they carry Trich.
After searching and finding nothing I tried cooking the backstraps medium rare, like i do a deer. They tasted great. We didn’t get sick and the Javelina was a very old sow. Large and with teeth worn almost to nothing.
Anybody out there who can supply a scientific source (not your opinion please) would be much appreciated. Do they or don’t they?
Hunter defends viral mountain lion video and photo -
posted 4 months ago
Proof that the PC police have caught you when you jump on a hunter for posting a photo of a kill. Next you’ll be agreeing with these antis that hunting magazines should not show dead animals, and hunting TV shows, and views of meat being cooked are offensive.
Walk up you morons. You can’t satisfy the antis with appeasement. All you do is encourage them when you bow to their demands.
High conflict year for Wyoming grizzlies -
posted 5 months ago
The state could issue high priced tags and require an outfitter accompany the hunter and make money off of the problem. If hunters paid $5,000 per tag (just a low guess compared to what an AK griz hunt costs) that would be north of 25 * 5000 = $125,000, all of which could be used for habitat improvement and acquisition. I'll be they spent twice that rounding up, killing and moving those bears.
Show season - My favorites from the 2019 ATA show -
posted 5 months ago
Thanks for the tip on the Firing Line. I just ordered one. Just as it true with long range rifle practice, dry firing should be part of practice. Ryan Cleckner recommends that you "Dry fire your rifle more than you fire it with ammunition in it." While you can dry fire you firearm without harming it, you cannot do so with a bow. So, what's the alternative? Some other device.
I've looked at and used a few, but this one looks like the best. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
I use a Nock 2 It and employ back tension and a slight rocking of the wrist to trigger the release. When done right, it comes as a complete surprise, which is how a release should be. I find it much easier to practice that and perfect it when I'm not thinking about pulling a bow over the top of the draw-force curve, or thinking about my sights, level, peep and so on.
Kristen A. Schmitt