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The Red Devils Fighter Wing
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:15:19 pm »
The Red Devils Fighter Wing
 
Several years back I had an encounter of the close kind at the Rocky Top Hunting Club in central Mississippi. It was one of those bitter cold days that occasionally blow through the South in January after a rainy weather front moves through. Like many in the Deep South, my hunting gear was not designed for near single digit temperatures.

I had shivered enough that day and decided to take my propane heater into one of the club's elevated box stands overlooking a planted green field. I opened the sliding glass windows enough to safely vent the stand and settled in for the afternoon. As the shadows began to grow, 4 does moved into the field about 40 yards away. I decided to wait a while to see if a buck showed up.

Then, with just a few minutes of legal shooting light left, two bucks moved into the open. I slowly opened the window and reached for my rifle.  Something just wasn't right.  I looked up and found the ceiling of the stand crawling with red wasps. The heater had awakened the nest in the insulation of the old stand.

What to do? I had a shootable buck in range and a red wasp fighter wing warming up for the attack a couple of feet away. The buck walked that day as reason prevailed!  I turned off the heater, slowly opened all the windows and sat still until those winged devils cooled off. After the wasps moved back into the insulation, I slipped out and called it a day.

Live and learn.
 
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    Re: The Red Devils Fighter Wing
    « Reply #1 on: December 14, 2012, 05:13:44 pm »
    After multiple encounters with a variety of the wasp/hornet/yellowjacket devils, I've learned this:

    Yellowjackets, bees, hornets, etc., are much more hot tempered and provocable. The slightest thing will set them off.

    A wasp will watch you first, to find out your intent. You have to piss him off by doing something, before he'll sting you (and yeah, firing off a round from inside a small enclosure that they're trapped in would have counted. That would have *sucked*).

    It's actually a little creepy.

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    Re: The Red Devils Fighter Wing
    « Reply #2 on: December 14, 2012, 09:15:48 pm »
    I agree they are "...hot tempered and provocable..."     >:D

    I never mess with a red wasp fighter wing warming up for the attack - especially when I am close enough to hear the engines turning over and see the propellers building speed!
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