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Well, the ham radio antenna is built and tested. It works just fine on 20 meters.

Starting to pile up gear in the living room for the trip. I'm thinking that this year, in particular, it might be wise to pack for a variety of weather situations.

Is there a tick report? How badly are the hinterlands of Missouri infested with those blood-sucking little vermin this year?

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Doctor Jest wrote:
Well, the ham radio antenna is built and tested. It works just fine on 20 meters.

Starting to pile up gear in the living room for the trip. I'm thinking that this year, in particular, it might be wise to pack for a variety of weather situations.

Is there a tick report? How badly are the hinterlands of Missouri infested with those blood-sucking little vermin this year?


Out of 2 trips and clearing a lot of path, I walked out with 5 tics. Don't know how you gauge that as per how bad they are, but they sure as hell are out.

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Is there a tick report? How badly are the hinterlands of Missouri infested with those blood-sucking little vermin this year?


Its fuckin lousy with ticks this year. Chiggers too. Bring extra bug spray.

Its so bad I think I'll be blousing my pants this year in addition to bugspray.

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Is there a tick report? How badly are the hinterlands of Missouri infested with those blood-sucking little vermin this year?


Its fuckin lousy with ticks this year. Chiggers too. Bring extra bug spray.

Its so bad I think I'll be blousing my pants this year in addition to bugspray.


Chiggers?

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http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/avoid-outdoor-pests/chiggers

Fast-moving microscopic ticks.

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Its so bad I think I'll be blousing my pants this year in addition to bugspray.


Shit, I didn't pack my boots...and they're not good for hiking anyway :?

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They especially love to sit and wait atop the blades of tall grass and attach themselves to any passing animal that comes in range.


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all youll see is these little red dots moving around... tons of them,

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chiggers are a great midwestern experience that you might get to carry with you for weeks afterward. they itch like nobody's business!

on another topic - I just traded in my club of a .45 and bought a nice little 9mm. The result - I have some .45 bullets (about half a box, I reckon) that I would love to trade for some 9mm on range day, if anyone is interested.

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Same I no longer have my 45 got about 100-200 rounds trade for various calibers

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chiggers are a great midwestern experience that you might get to carry with you for weeks afterward. they itch like nobody's business!

on another topic - I just traded in my club of a .45 and bought a nice little 9mm. The result - I have some .45 bullets (about half a box, I reckon) that I would love to trade for some 9mm on range day, if anyone is interested.

See you in a week.


I'll trade. I have plenty of 9mm but I'm sort on .45 range ammo and will probably not make it to the store before zcon.

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All: Please bring any extra JHP .45ACP ammo to z-con, I've got a gentleman's wager with biggin that his Kimber wont make it through 100 rounds without a failure of some sort. The cheaper and nastier the .45 JHP's they are, the better.

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WELL. If that's the case, I have 9mm and 40cal I could trade (I don't have a 40cal currently and wouldn't mind trading the ammo for either 9mm or 45).

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crypto wrote:
Doctor Jest wrote:
Is there a tick report? How badly are the hinterlands of Missouri infested with those blood-sucking little vermin this year?


Its fuckin lousy with ticks this year. Chiggers too. Bring extra bug spray.

Its so bad I think I'll be blousing my pants this year in addition to bugspray.


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http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/avoid-outdoor-pests/chiggers

Fast-moving microscopic ticks.


Great article. I need to stock up on extra bug spray...

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crypto wrote:
Doctor Jest wrote:
Is there a tick report? How badly are the hinterlands of Missouri infested with those blood-sucking little vermin this year?


Its fuckin lousy with ticks this year. Chiggers too. Bring extra bug spray.

Its so bad I think I'll be blousing my pants this year in addition to bugspray.


Doctor Jest wrote:
http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/avoid-outdoor-pests/chiggers

Fast-moving microscopic ticks.


Great article. I need to stock up on extra bug spray...


Also, ya may want to grab a bit of this from a Walgreens or Walmart:
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I think Im going to give some permethrin and ultrathon a shot, see what happens...

crap I almost forgot I need a camp chair or 4 depending on the group..

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Hell, clear nail polish has worked great for chiggers on me for a long while. Plannin on stickin o it.

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Hell, clear nail polish has worked great for chiggers on me for a long while. Plannin on stickin o it.


how the hell do you use nail polish as bug repelant?

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Hell, clear nail polish has worked great for chiggers on me for a long while. Plannin on stickin o it.

REALLY?!?!?
http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/avoid-outdoor-pests/chiggers
I thought this link above just called that BullSh!t???



Nail polish doesn't work


The most popular home remedy for which there is little justification is to dab nail polish on the welt. This cannot "smother" the chigger because it has not burrowed into your skin, and it was probably scratched off long ago. The only benefit to applying a thick coat of nail polish is that it helps to remind you not to scratch the bite.

Chronic scratching will only cause the stylostome to further irritate. Scratching deep enough to remove the stylostome will probably cause a secondary infection that is worse than the original chigger bite. If you do scratch, disinfect the chigger bite with topical antiseptics.

Fortunately, in North America the only real danger from chigger bites is secondary infections that develop after scratching with dirty fingernails. Our chiggers do not carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia or any other disease. Some veterans may recall this is not the case in Asia and the Pacific, where chiggers can transmit disease called scrub typhus. Luckily, Missourians have nothing to fear from chiggers except that terrible itch.

There is no creature alive that can cause more torment for its size than the chigger. By at least knowing what your attacker is and how it operates, you can itch less this summer, and get more enjoyment from your outdoor activities.

Nina Bicknese, former MDC natural history biologist

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One of my co-workers (a Ranger with 32 years of experience) suggested the yellow burn-y Listerine mouthwash as an effective way to combat chigger bites. I will definitely have some on hand just in case.

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Back on the topic of things to bring and share, I could bring a ton of coffee, and/or instant coffee from Starbuck's if the group would like. If you have a favorite coffee or via flavor you would like to have just tell me now so I can use my Barista powers to stock up. Additionally what is a good beverage of the distilled variety to bring along? Are there any camp favorites that haven't been accounted for yet? Looking forward to the hump up to base camp!

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I'll assist with the coffee pleasures. :)
I am the official barista for ch 20. My mocha pots and I brew up some mean campfire esspresso which is good alone or added to a mug of joe!

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Lt. Conall wrote:
Back on the topic of things to bring and share, I could bring a ton of coffee, and/or instant coffee from Starbuck's if the group would like. If you have a favorite coffee or via flavor you would like to have just tell me now so I can use my Barista powers to stock up. Additionally what is a good beverage of the distilled variety to bring along? Are there any camp favorites that haven't been accounted for yet? Looking forward to the hump up to base camp!

-Lt.


I'll assist with the coffee pleasures. :)
I am the official barista for ch 20. My mocha pots and I brew up some mean campfire esspresso which is good alone or added to a mug of joe!



Yeah. . . That. :twisted:

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Hey dudes and dudettes:

I know I'm late to the party, but as Eerie quiet mentioned, yes, I'm still offering to provide food for cheap. $20 or $25 will likely cover everything, and I'm willing to work in trade for last minute items I haven't picked up yet: camp chairs, booze, cigarettes, chastity belts (I'm bunking with William).

BUUUT, you gotta email me ASAP if you're interested. sgthotpants (at) gmail
And the other BUUUT: I'm broke. No cash, no food. Imma be feeding your asses from the Campfire Cooking seminar one night anyway.

Otherwise, I'm mostly packed 'round these parts. This is my fourth year, and I'm sticking with my lessons:
Bringing multiple swimsuits is an acceptable replacement for underwear
Thigh high thick socks pack smaller than pants in case it gets cold
Closed water shoes are the most important thing you can bring
And everything else you think you may, maybe, once need? You don't. So don't bring it.

Sadly, no Nick this year, as he has other things to do.

And, as usual, I'll be there with the menthol and lidocane-infused aloe for sunburns. And sweet treats for when [REDACTED] gets dehydrated and convinces himself is dying. :wink:

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So Jealous. So really really jealous. Hopefully I'll see you guys at the bowling alley. Going out to Columbia to build a barn this weekend.

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