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Location: Butte, MT
Joined: 01/02/2006
Posts: 234
Strange problem for a hunter.

I am allergic to deer fur. I've always been allergic to horses every since I was a kid. I recall when I shot my first deer, a little spike, I was bending over him doing the field dressing and my eyes started itching and watering, nose running, and my neck broke out in hives. It was pretty clear what was going on because I had similar reactions to horses. Nowadays, the reactions aren't quite as bad, I've been told that allergies change as you get older, but I still carry benedryl tablets with me when I'm hunting. When I shoot a deer I pop one before I go to handling it. This helps the allergic reaction a lot. It's kinda problematic, though, when I have to drive an hour back home because benedryl makes me sleepy. I have never heard of another hunter with this problem. Is there anybody out there that can feel my pain?

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Location: central, IL
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sorry, I cant share yur pain....but at least you can pretend to use that as your reason for hunting if you ever get asked "why do you hunt?"

just say its payback and see if they buy it

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Location: West Carleton, Ottawa, Canada
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Strange problem for a hunter.

My father-in-law - same story. He carries a pouch full of latex surgical gloves in his pocket to dress his deer. Every pic he has of him with his kill he looks half drunk: red eyes, red nose and cheeks kinda dopey looking (oh, wait that's normal Laugh ) - except he doesn't drink

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Location: Bavaria, Germany
Joined: 10/06/2007
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Strange problem for a hunter.

Hello from Germany!

I'm also allergic to horses with the same reactions as you plus asthmatic reactions. Concerning to deer I'm allergic to the roe blood. I need gum glooves for fielddressing because without my hand become thick and red. Very curious thing.

Kirrmeister

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Location: Antelope, Ore
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Well if it will make you feel better, you are definitely not allergic to deer fur. Deer don't have fur, they got hair! Yes Big smile

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Location: Florida,USA
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I know a guy who spends the entire time that he field dresses an animal gagging. He kills several Deer each season so it happens alot and he has never gotten "used" to it.
It is soo funny to watch. I feel bad that I am laughing so hard when I should be trying to help him but I am afraid I'll cut myself.

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Allergies

I killed my second deer and really handled it in terms of gutting dragging and carrying. i began to get really really itchy and my forehead broke out into hives and the rest of my body. soo i dealt with it popped benadryl and went home. today i got back in my car where i had the transported the deer and again i broke out and got misquito type bites all over my arm and legs and waistband. soo im assuming it is from the deer fur which would be bad . i will use dust mask and plastic gloves next time i handle my deer. wont stop me from being a killer. any suggestions to help not breaking out and such. other thought was chiggers because when i was in my car i was hot and when i was dragging the deer i was hot . soo maybe a heat flare up from insect bites. im thinking its deer fur or hair. soo i guess ill know for sure after my next deer i get. help me out any feedback id appreciate.

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Location: Minnesota
Joined: 11/26/2007
Posts: 74
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I have a tough go with seasonal allergies. I'm also allergic to real/fresh Christam Trees. I take Allevert or Claritin everyday. IT helps a lot. This is what i would suggest. Start taking one of those about 10 days before you start hunting. You should start early so that the medicine has time to build up in your system. Then continue taking it every day until you are done hunting, then stop once you think you will not handle deer anymore. It is not a sure-thing, but it should help. Also, wear golves, and a dust mask when you handle the deer. Also, transport the deer outside your vehicle, like in the bed of a truck, or on one of those hitch platforms. Before you get into your vehicle, after handling the deer, take off your "outer shell" and put it in a bag and tie it closed. This will help keep the hair out of you vehicle. Go home and wash ALL of your clothes, and take a quick shower.
All this sounds like a lot, so try a few things that are easier to see how it goes. Here are the big ones, in my book. Transport deer outside the vehicle, and get your outer layer off of you. The Allevert/Claritin is a must. You should be able to buy over the counter at your local grocery store. I do.

Good luck...

Location: Butte, MT
Joined: 01/02/2006
Posts: 234
Strange problem for a hunter.

Seems easier just to pop some benedryl as needed. Thanks for the advice, though, Tater.

Perhaps I'm not as alone in this as I thought. I litterally never heard of somebody else with this prob until I posted this.

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Location: Sneads, Florida
Joined: 11/13/2006
Posts: 122
Strange problem for a hunter.

Just get one of your friends to help clean your deer. I would definitely help out a friend if they had your problem.

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