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Deer Allergies… Can They Kill You?

by Dustin DeCroo 5. July 2010 17:07
Dustin DeCroo

Yes, they absolutely can.  Allergies to deer and other ungulates are fairly rare, but can be quite dangerous for the people that are affected.  A quick google search can provide you with more evidence than would ever seem possible.

At the age of seven years I experienced an allergic reaction that has continued to harass me for more than two decades worth of big game seasons.  A cool fall day, my dad and I were traveling from Laramie to Gillette, Wyoming through Sybil Canyon.  Sybil Canyon was home to (and may still be) a wildlife refuge where animals were kept for a number of reasons.  We passed a couple of big mule deer bucks with swollen necks and dad stopped to allow me to get a better look.  As I walked to the tall fence one of the deer approached me and actually let me rub his nose and the top of his head.  Sporting the biggest grin a toothless seven year old could show, we crawled back into the little Mazda pickup and headed home.  Literally in a matter of minutes my eyes were swollen completely shut, my face and throat were extremely itchy and I became slightly wheezy.  Dad buried the pedal on the four cylinder engine to get to the nearest, well… anything.  We eventually reached a convenience store where I was able to wash my hands and face and almost immediately the swelling, itching and wheeziness subsided.  Since that day, I’ve found that I’m also allergic to antelope, elk, mule deer and whitetails… wild hogs haven’t ever given me a problem.

In 2007 this particular buck gave me a bad reaction, but thanks to Dead Down Wind bar soap I was able to eliminate it fairly quickly. 

Allergy doctors have offered a variety of solutions, but the two that I have personally contacted gave me the one solution that just won’t fly… quit deer hunting.  I have always wondered why I couldn’t be allergic to something like… knitting needles, instead of my favorite activity on the planet.  In the last few years I have met only a few people that suffer from the same allergy and have been able to discuss prevention/treatment tactics for the reactions.  I have found a handful of products and methods that have helped a great deal in preventing the annoyances.

I actually have a small Ziploc in which I carry a few items in my “anti-allergy” kit.  The first thing I pack when it comes to preventing an outbreak is some sort of field dressing gloves.  My personal favorites are the Primos Guttin Gloves, they are a shoulder length glove that come with a regular latex glove so that you still have maneuverability in your fingers.  Shoulder length gloves probably aren’t necessary unless you’re trying to be extremely careful, as you would with an animal that is going on the wall, but that is the main goal of the majority of my hunts.  The second item is a small piece of bar soap.  I usually use Dead Down Wind Bar Soap and I’ll cut off a piece the size of a cheese cube for my kit. The last item in my kit is a standard outdoor wet wipe.  They are biodegradable, have no scent and have a variety of uses.   It goes without saying, but water is extremely important to carry as well.  When I wash my hands and face after field dressing an animal, I generally have very mild if any type of reaction.  A couple of Benadryl tablets always manage to find their place at the bottom of my Ziploc as well.





Primos Guttin Gloves

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Dead Down Wind's New Products for 2009

by Scott Abbott 11. January 2009 09:10
Scott Abbott

Dead Down Wind is a company who brings us new and innovative scent control products every year.  This year is no different with a host of new products to help us stay undetected by the nose of our quarry.   Dead Down Wind only uses safe and natural biodegradable products .  They do not use any biocides, heavy metals or harsh chemicals in their products.  Speaking with them they are very proud of their "green" Earth and consumer friendly products.


New products unveiled at the ATA show this year from Dead down wind are as follows;

- eLive Odor Terminator 2oz. or 12oz. This new product is designed to take the smell out of even the strongest odors.  This includes smoke, gas, pet odors, and urine as well as fish odors, musty live wells and boat upholstery for the fisherman as well.

-Concentrated Laundry Detergent 12oz. Boasts a UV inhibitor and can be used with carbon clothing as well as wool.

-Dryer sheets 15 ct. For 2009 Dead down wind increased the size of their dryer sheets to 8"X10".  These dryer sheets are 100% biodegradable.

-Pac-It Concentrated Field Spray These Pac-It refills are a great new item in their lineup.  The 3 pouches included will mix with any water to produce 36 oz. of Evolve field spray.  They are small and easily packable and offers a great value by mixing your own Evolve field spray.  These are also great for traveling hunters worried about carrying liquids in their baggage on an airplane.

-Field Wash Cloths 20 ct. The cloth used is the only 100% biodegradable field wipe offered on the market.  Packaging is a peel and seal soft pack.

-Totally Odorless Oil 2 oz. This odorless oil can be used to protect, clean and lubricate all of your outdoor gear from treestands to camera arms.

-Checkmate Wind Checker 2 oz. This wind checker boasts two different size powders; a fine powder and a heavier powder to really see what your wind currents are doing.  It also offers an excellent value with double the product of other wind check powders at the same price point. 

Archery Trade Association - 2009 Day 1 Products

by Todd Graf 8. January 2009 15:23
Todd Graf

Its that time of the year when the anticiaption is high of what bowhunting manufacturers will be coming out with this year.  As always I feel like a kid in a candy store looking at all of the new products being released right now in Indy at the largest archery show of the year. I am not going to go into much depth now but here is what I have seen so far. Photos will be uploaded when I get back into town.

Octane introduces the new Bantam Weight Quiver which is a one piece quiver that's super lightweight, compact, and the 4 arrow design keeps your arrows tight to the bow.   This quiver features the same popular quick-detach as the standard Octane quivers and is super lightweight for those of you who thought the magentic-hood quivers were a little on the heavy side.  It is also adjustable in both length and offset to fit just about any bow/arrow combination just right.

Dead Down Wind - this company always seems to come up with cool ideas ever year.  For 2009 here is what I like - a totally odorless oil which can be used on everything from the axles in your bow to your dropaway rests, releases, and even any firearms you may take out after bow season. They also have a new wind checkmate product which uses an average 2 micron particle size that delivers the perfect cloud for monitoring wind currents and ScentPrevent technology. This way no matter what conditions you are hunting in you will know which way the wind is going. They have also increased the size of the bottle to 3-4 times of most of their competitors for the same price. 

Cottonwood Outdoors - I know all of us have a deer stand that needs a new seat. Cottonwood has you covered! They are making replacement treestand seat covers for just about all treestands on the market. Plus these seat covers are lined with Weathershield which is a totally waterproof fabric.  This means not only will your seat be dry, but it won't rot out as easily when left in the field for long periods of time.

Viper Archery - The Barrel. This completley new target is very innovative. Instead of shooting into the layers of a traditional square layered targer, you are shooting into a 360 degree shooting surface. Its innovative wrapped design absorbs energy from high speed arrows, and arrows will stop with minimum penetration and its wrapped with weather resistant vinyl graphics.

Natural Predator Outdoor Products - If you want to make your own carbon suit time and time again now you can. All you have to do is Mix, Dip, Hang & Store. The TRU-Carbon H20 Pellets dissolves instantly in water. You Dip your clothing in and let it hang dry and you're ready to go.  We tried it out on a pair of stinky socks, and sure enough it worked great! 

Primos - the mini bloodhunter plus will help you find your blood trail. This new mini bloodhunter has 95 lumen white LED which serves as a standad light along with two additional red and green LEDs to make blood trailing easily.  It features a burn time of 4 hours on the 2 red/green LEDs,  6 hours on 2 reduced LEDS, and 8 hours the single white LED. Hopefully all of you find your deer within the first hour or so but this little light can sure make a differecne when bloodtrailing gets tough.

Copper John now offers replaceable fiber optic pins for their popular line of sights. So if you happen to break a pin in the field, it's no problem to replace them quickly and easily. This can be done in 60 seconds and you'll be back in hunting in no time.

Cherry Hill Outdoos has a cool product called the Quiet Range Finder Holder.  This product keeps your rangefinder close at hand, is extremely quiet, and has retractable cord to prevent you from dropping or losing your expensive rangefinder.  It can be used for right or left handed users, and can be secured to your binocular straps.

White Knuckle Productions new video for 2009 is called Full Circle and features several awesome hunting stories from the WKP team.  From the fields and forests of the Midwest including Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin you'll see two bucks over 190 inches harvested on this video, 2 over 160 inches, and several more over 130 inches.  This video is 100% bowhunting and features real-world fair-chase, self-guided hunts.  Look for this new DVD to be availble here on in early spring.

If you've read my blog at all you'll know I'm a big fan of the Reconyx trail cameras.  New for this year are the MC65 Solocam IR.  This camera has a 1/5 second trigger speed, 1 photo per second write speed, full HD 1080 photo definition, and is fully concealed in the Mathews Lost camo.  You can bet I'll have one of these out in the field as soon as I can get my hands on it.

Predator Trail cameras has updated their firmware for this year to provide even easier one-touch setup that is super fast and super easy to use.  Their cameras also feature improved battery life and improved cold weather performance as well.  New for this year is an external battery combo that will provide up to 4 months of battery life for extended use.

Mrs. Doe Pee has a pretty cool product, that probably isn't new, but I think it's neat!  It's a wind checking device that contains an estrous scent to lure in bucks during the prime time.  So checking the wind more often could just lure in that buck of a lifetime - like the one Sam Collora shot below.  This buck never ceases to impress me no matter how many times I've seen it.  He's awesome!

One of our top sellers for 2008 was the original Hooyman saw, and new for this year is a 10' version.  Now you can reach even further with this compact extendible saw that folds down to 28" when closed.  You can bet we'll be adding these to our arsenal for this fall as well!

Check back tomorrow for full updates on all the other new products that we find at this year's ATA Show.

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