The Ticks Making Hunters Allergic to Meat
Like most hunters who spend time in the spring woods, Jack Boyd never gave much thought to the ticks embedded in his skin at the end of the day. They were just part of the hunt. Boyd pulled them out, flushed them down the sink, and went about his day.
That changed in 2014. A college student at the time, Boyd threw a steak on the grill one evening as he studied for exams. A few hours later, he awoke to some of the most intense itching he had ever experienced.
“It started in my scalp,” he recalled. “Then it worked its way down my body. I got a rash all along my major veins and arteries, all the way down to my feet and hands. It felt like a severe sunburn under my skin. I finally fell asleep, and I was fine the next morning.”
When the same symptoms occurred a few weeks later, also after a steak dinner, Boyd became suspicious.
“A couple of guys at school had this allergy to red meat,” he said. “I never gave it much thought, but when I had a second reaction, I put two and two together and went to a doctor and got tested. I was always pulling ticks off me during turkey season, so I was pretty sure I had the same thing.”
Read the full article by David Hart on Petersen's Hunting here.
May 8, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan