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WOW What a brutal story!!! I

WOW

What a brutal story!!!

I cannot tell you how many of them I have picked off of me over the years but it is in the hundreds

What I have not seen however is the number of ticks that got on me in May in Illinois

There were literally dozens of them on me after every pass through the woods!!

I did not know about Permanone at the time - I used regular bug spray and I am telling you they laughed at that - I am not sure they did not drink it as a before dinner cocktail (and I was the main course)

At any rate I have not seen any this week at all and for that I am grateful!

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Though I walk through the

Though I walk through the forest at night, I fear not the grizzly or the mountain lion, but I am scared to death of the little deer tick.  i have developed a phobia about them because of Lyme disease. 

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Part of the Food Chain?

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You will definitely be classified as having more intestinal fortitude than me!

I have often wondered about hunting in areas with bears...that scares the bejeebers out of me!!!

I cannot imagine heading to my stand in the pre dawn darkness and having to worry about whether or not I was going to become part of the food chain!!!

I mean we are apex predators...right??

Right???

To be reduced to a squeamish little kid again (which is what I fear would happen to me) seems very demeaning!!!!

I dove in the Bahamas for years when we lived in South Florida and I loved to take fish and lobsters...originally I considered myself immune to shark problems and it was not until a bull shark took a hog snapper (and a brand new pole spear) away from me that I realized the frivolity of that notion.

It happened quickly and violently and from then on I seemed to be a shark magnet!!

At any rate I equate my now healthy fear of sharks to a likely equally healthy fear of fanged and clawed mammal predators!!

I would love to hunt out there but I will worry about being eaten alive!!

At any rate I salute you folks that hunt in those areas...

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I did some night dives off

I did some night dives off the shores of Cozumel Mexico and it was frightening if you thought about it.  You could only see as far as your flashlight and it didn't provide much coverage.  You'd have to wonder what was lurking out there beyond the light ready to come swooping in to eat you.  Again, I had to just block that image out and concentrate on the beauty and creatures of the night.

It is getting cold here so the ticks should be gone soon.  At least with the bears you know if you've been attacked.  Teh little ticks are such sneaky creatures.

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I am back from the trip in

I am back from the trip in Illinois now and happy to report that no ticks were seen!

I guess the first frost up there must knock them back.

I was crazy warm while I was there and I was also surprised that no mosquitoes came out... in the south if it gets that warm even after a hard freeze, they come right back out - regardless of what month it is.

Diving off of Cozumel - what a great desitination - I have not been there in about fifteen years but I am sure the reefs have not changed.

As for sharks - I think for the most part all is good until you start shooting things and that blood (and I think the death vibrations) gets all in the water - then I will tell you - you are flat asking for it.

I think a shark's nose is not unlike that of a deer - I have read they can smell one drop of blood from some incredible distance.

Here is what I can tell you - shoot a fish and let him start bleeding and flopping around down there and it does not take long for "someone else" to show up!!!

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Oh - one more thing I meant

Oh - one more thing I meant to mention - we dove at night, a lot - to catch lobsters with stick and net... I never once had a shark incident at night when I was using that method to catch sharks.

We would even occasionally be fortunate enough to catch a hog snapper sleeping under a rock at night - we would position the net in front of him and tap him on the tail and let him dart into the net and catch him that way....

But again - no sharks at all using the stick and net.

In the Bahamas, however, you can use a pole spear and shoot lobsters - this is when you are asking for it!!!

The good news in the Bahamas was that you could shoot lobsters but only while free diving (no scuba) so getting back in the boat was usually a lot quicker if and when the man in the gray suit showed up...

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it was about 20 years ago

it was about 20 years ago that I was in cozumel.  You are right, it is a great dive destination.  The reefs are amazing with lots of sea life.  I have some great pictures I took underwater on the trip.  I will scan one and post it.  I will never forget the grouper I saw that was as big as a truck.  My favorite diving was in the atlantic off the MD and DE coast.  Visibility was only about six feet, but it was cool diving over actual ship wrecks.

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