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Bushcraft/Bugging Out/Camping/Backpacking

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 1. 68 Replies

I have recently had an interest in learning about the equipment needed for surviving in a Bug Out situation. In learning the proper tools and equipment to have, I have also started backpacking and…Continue

Strange (to me) mushroom

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 8. 11 Replies

I was riding my 4 wheeler through the woods the other day and saw this mushroom.  I don't recall ever seeing one like it before.  The pine cone lying beside it is about 3 inches long.  The mushroom…Continue

Off Grid living and Tiny Houses

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Steve Sep 4. 7 Replies

There have been a lot discussions about people wanting to live off grid and in tiny houses recently. I just wanted to know what any of your thoughts are on this idea. I think it would be awesome to…Continue

Outdoor Gardening

Started by Sue OldsWidow. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 6. 147 Replies

Lots of things to do in the spring, one is knowing when to plant and when to wait.May 10th is my last frost date, passed down from my grandmother. She said you plant something that comes up before…Continue

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Comment by Jan Carter on May 26, 2017 at 18:49

As we head into an outdoor 3 day weekend...Copperhead season: what NOT to do if bitten

The brightly-colored copperhead, which is common everywhere (and responsible for the majority of bites).

Snakes only bite to defend themselves as a last resort. When threatened, they prefer to escape or to remain still, blending in with their surroundings. But if they decide to bite, they can move lightning-fast.

According to Dr. Christopher Holstege, medical director of the poison center, many snake bites happen when the victim is taunting or trying to catch or kill the snake.“If you see a snake,” he advises, “back up. Stay away from it. Don’t jab at it with a stick or try to kill it. Just go around it.”


The timber rattlesnake, which prefers more isolated, mountainous terrain.

Wear boots when walking in tall grass, leafy forests, or other snake habitats. Also, snakes are attracted to areas that provide them with cover and shelter. Remove log or trash piles close to your house. Keep the grass or other vegetation near your house closely mowed or trimmed.

If someone is bitten by a venomous snake — stay calm. Deaths from copperhead or rattlesnake bites are extremely rare. The most important action is to get the victim to a healthcare facility as soon as possible so they can receive medical care for the pain, swelling, and other symptoms.

If possible, wash the bite wound with soap and water, and remove any tight clothing or jewelry to allow for swelling, which may be severe. Dr. Holstege advises: “Don’t believe what you see in the movies! There are many myths and folk remedies which have not been shown to have any beneficial effect on the victim’s outcome and in fact may cause more harm.”

In other words, do not apply a tourniquet; do not apply ice or use an ice bath; do not cut the wound; do not use any form of suction; do not give the victim alcohol or drugs; do not give the victim an electric shock.

Most importantly, do not try to catch or kill the snake. This may result in another snakebite victim.

“The doctor does not need to see the snake in order to treat you. All venomous snake bites in Virginia are treated with the same antivenom, if necessary,” the doctor adds.

Comment by Jan Carter on April 25, 2017 at 15:01

LOL, Yes  Charles it is!

Comment by Charles Sample on April 25, 2017 at 14:21

Jan, so it is a good snake now?!

Comment by Jan Carter on April 24, 2017 at 19:56

so, when you live in a forest things just happen.  We have no grass but we do have an ivy explosion that I dont mind having on the slopes but on the flat I like to be able to walk around and see where I am walking.

The weedeater gets a good workout and this past Saturday Donnie spent a couple hours doing the first of the spring cut backs.  About 2 hours later a snake found its way into plain site on the lower deck and quickly became headless.

I do everything I can to keep the rodents away from the house area including keeping moth balls out.  To be honest in 2.5 years this is the first seen on the property but it is a reminder, watch where you are going :)

Comment by Dennis on February 3, 2017 at 21:46
WoW I never win thanks I will pm you my address. Feeling blessed.
Comment by Jan Carter on February 3, 2017 at 19:56

Dennis,

Congrats you are our Groundhog day winner :).  Please send me your address

Comment by Jan Carter on February 3, 2017 at 19:55

DLKG,

WOW did you ever make some amazing New Years resolutions, gave he gave you 6 more weeks to make them happen LOL

Comment by dead_left_knife_guy on February 2, 2017 at 21:45

In the next 6 weeks I'll be revamping my life entirely, from finding an exercise & meditation regimen that actually suits me, to eating healthier & making healthier decisions overall.  I'll also be working on my life aspirations & will hopefully be on track to finding more fulfilling employment, as well as using my non-work time in more fulfilling ways.  So, nothing much, really.  :)

Comment by Jan Carter on February 2, 2017 at 20:10

LOL Dennis!!

Comment by Dennis on February 2, 2017 at 18:53
If we have 6 more weeks I'm going to move south
 
 
 
 

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