Knives, Prairie Dogs and Spiders

I haven’t gotten around to talking about the recent Prairie Dog shoot a couple weeks ago as I haven’t been feeling real good this week.  So let’s get the reason why out of the way.

Spiders.  Or should I say “spider”?  Last Sunday I woke up with a mild burning sensation on the back of my knee.  When I checked it out, it looked like 4 or 5 very small pimples in the crease of my knee.  I didn’t think much more about it until Sunday evening when those pimples had turned into  blisters.

By Sunday nite they were looking really ugly.

I went to the Dr Monday AM with a temp of around 101 and a leg that was sorer then hell.  By Tuesday morning my knee was swelling , it was looking worse and the temperature was still a factor.  So back to the Doc, more antibiotics and instructions to apply warm, damp heat and keep it elevated.  But….no diagnosis as to what in the hell may have bitten me.

After a ton of reading and conversations and picture sharing with friends from down south, the consensus is I’d bitten by a brown recluse spider.  We’re far north of their normal range but 3 Florida transplants all agreed that’s exactly what it looked like and the symptoms were consistent.  I’ve been bitten by all sorts of critters over the years but I’ve never had a reaction like this.

It’s still plenty ugly but I think it’s starting to heal.  Lots of drainage and dead hide peeling off but I think I’ll save the leg!!

Fortunately, that was all preceded by another great trip to the Dakota’s.  Our friends in North Dakota hosted a Prime Rib dinner (which included a trap shoot) for the participants in last years Pheasant Shoot .

One of our team members is 5 months pregnant but that didn’t stop her from getting in on the trapshooting competition.  She didn’t bring a shotgun but a couple of the guys were glad to set her up with a shotgun.  While she’s not even half our age we have a great time when we get together with Erin and her husband Pat.  We think of her as the daughter we never had.  She’s one of those people that are just plain fun to be around.

Just to let you know how serious a sportswoman she is, she hunts Elk, has hunted mountain lion in the Southwest, hogs in Texas, has hunted deer since she was 11 or 12 years old, used to run her own coon hounds when she was 16, hunts alligators with her dad in Louisiana and just came back from hunting bullfrogs down south a couple of months ago.  It’s kinda fun to listen to some fella try to impress her with his hunting experience and watch her just smile and say ‘really?’.   Gotta love her!!

We had some rain the first day we were out there so we spent some time driving through the southern unit of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park.  Just gorgeous country where you can see Elk, Antelope, Buffalo, Wild Horses and all things wild.  And the scenery… 

And we had time to get in some shooting as well.  Conditions were wet and that ground turns into a consistency of greased glass.  Your tires don’t sink in but the tread immediately fills with a mixture of clay and rock (check the tire) and from there on, its slip and slide.  I think my wife beat me to the first shots fired when we hit dog town.

As usual, it was a great trip.  An offer was extended to hunt on Jim’s ranch again next Fall for pheasants and believe me, we’re in!

I didn’t get much chance to comment on the GEC 15’s as they came through.  There’s still plenty of the Bail and Chain in stock.   And the Red and Black clip blades literally flew out the door.

Once the pictures of the 152118 Bail & Chain were released I started getting reservation cancellations.  It’s the highest rate of cancellations I’ve seen on a GEC so far.

It seems that most of the feedback I got was regarding the 18″ chain.  Most folks, I think, were of the mind the Bail and Chain would be a 3-4″ ‘key fob’ type of arrangement instead of an actual ‘vest’ style chain.  A couple thought the price differential between the Bail & Chain and NON was out of line.  I have to admit, it’s probably not the most convenient or practical way to carry.

I will give you a tip.  There’s a simple modification that can  be made to the keeper that does make it a bit more usable.  If you use a Dremel tool with a cutting blade, you can cut a slot through the keeper wide enough to allow you to slip it over a belt loop  resulting in a pretty practical setup.

In a few more weeks the 44’s will be coming through.  It looks good from the preliminary drawings.  I think its a pretty close representation of the Schatt & Morgan Gunstock and the Trestle Pine Gunflint.


2 thoughts on “Knives, Prairie Dogs and Spiders

  1. Hope that heals soon Greg.
    I saw on iKC, I think, someone with a brown recluse bite, very nasty looking thing.
    Just glad we don’t have such vicious things over here.
    The worst we have is horseflies and I don’t think it compares!

    1. We’ve got horse flies and black flies which draw blood and leave a miserable welt. And of course, they’re usually found in your favorite trout stream. This Brown Recluse bite though is definitely the worst bite I’ve had. Have and area of cellulitis about 6″ in diameter going down my leg and around my knee. Just came from the Dr this AM again and I’ve got another week of Antibiotics to knock out the remaining infection. I’ve got artificial knees and the last thing I want is to get the knee infected.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.