a reply to: Nyiah
I used to live in Cedar Springs. My family was from Chase and Southfield (outside Detroit). I admit I was young then and loved snowmobiling and
skiing. Hunting was different altogether.
Reply to Hardcorps:
You are right about the critters down here. I had a friend jump out of a canoe right on top of a 14 foot alligator. He had a dive ask on and he lucked
out because it slid down around his neck and the gator didn't cut into his wind pipe or jugular. I hate hunting because I am looking down most of the
time looking for deadly pit-vipers and walk right into those damn banana spiders that string their webs right about face height along the trails. It
is too thick to go through the palmettos because you can't see the rattlers nor the moccasins, since the palmettos are about waist to chest high. I
almost got hit by a 6' Eastern Diamondback Rattler. He had 14 rattles on him. Fortunately, my dad was walking behind me with a 12ga. and saw it lean
back about to strike when he shot it. A serious problem for me is I have a red/green color blindness, so I learned to watch the ground pretty hard
after that. Needless to say, I probably miss most of the deer running away. I live in N.E. Florida right next to the Georgia line. A friend was
climbing up his tree stand the other day and there was a little scorpion in his seat. They aren't really known for being up here, but apparently
nobody told them about it.
We also have Florida Panthers. We got stuck way out in this place called the Pin Hook Swamp Unit. It just showed up on the back of one of the WMA
(Wildlife Management Areas) maps one season. It had never been on before so we thought we would go check it out. It was Thanksgiving and the families
weren't very forgiving for us missing dinner. Anyway, we were about 7 miles in and water was all around the road. We found out later that loggers back
in the 50's built the road out of logs piled long ways and side sideways and then put dirt on top. My left front tire dropped through a hole and the
4x4 was useless. I put my arm in the hole all the way to my shoulder and it was nothing but water all the way down. We noticed all these large steel
cages piled up on top of each other in two rows. About 30 cages all together about 75 yards away from where we got stuck.
Curious as they were, we had a long walk out ahead of us to a forestry tower off the main road. It was going to be dark soon. After about a mile we
lucked out and a couple of local boys rode up in their truck and offered to go pull us out. They said they hadn't planned to come out that day, but at
the last minute decided to take a ride to see what was out before diner. We kept seeing this scat we never saw before in Florida. It was long and
looked like 2 pieces twisted together like a twisty tie, Weird looking the first time we saw it. Anyway, they said we were lucky they came out because
the cats come out on the road to hunt at night. It was their scat apparently all over the road, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
had brought in a bunch of other breeds of panther (though Panther is supposedly not the correct name, but it is what the FWC calls them), and those
cages were where they released them to see if they could get them to mate with the Florida Panther population. They supposedly figured they didn't but
about 3 years later they caught a young panther near Tallahassee (about 180 miles away) that had the DNA of one of the male Panthers released. and was
a healthy 150lb male cat. BTW, technically they are a Puma, as were the ones released. But, if you Google Florida Panther it will come up. I guess
they call a lot of cats Panther's but that is not truly their scientific name. Go Figure.
I never saw one in Florida. But, I had two Bobcats stalk me in a field about waist high with some type of grass.
They wouldn't have taken me down, but they thought they could. I fired a round over their
head and they left me alone. We have some nasty spiders too. That is one thing I miss in Michigan. I didn't have to worry about poisonous Pit-vipers.
And the woods were clear to walk through. Florida is thick with vines and underbrush and you can't just walk through the woods like up North. I am
looking forward to some cooler weather down here, but even winter weather is warm compared to Michigan. My parents are getting up there in age and I
don't want to leave them to fend on their own. So, I will wait for the inevitable. I knew my dad was starting to lose iit when I was talking about
property prices up there and he said he would move back there. lol, my mother almost hit him with a frying pan! I think he was thinking about the old
times and it is never the same when everyone you knew has been long gone. However, I could get a nice home and a few acres of land up there relatively
cheap compared to prices down here. I never lived out west and I always had wanted to move to Colorado. Good hunting and winter sports there too.
However, property is expensive from what I looked at, but the economy is better than in Michigan.
I also have to research doctors and see what is available in the pain management regime up there. It is very different depending what state you are
in. Florida, Texas, and California are pretty much the same aong those lines. After so many surgeries (23 in all) and considering the cold may have a
bad impact on my pain it is one of those things that matters. I have about 7 or 8 inches of medical records - diagnostics, mri's, etc., etc. and most
pain management docs (anesthesiologists mainly) basically ask me what I need when I give them my records. But I hear in some states certain pain
medicine drugs are outlawed period. I know a friend that was traveling through North Carolina and had some OC's in his suitcase and they dumped them
on the hood in the rain and counted them all because if he was more than 2 off he would have been arrested. And apparently in Alaska it is pretty much
the same attitude. Florida passed laws like Texas and California to help protect true pain management treatment. My stepson needs 2 hip and 2 knee
replacements and can't get his meds filled. His pharmacist got fined by the DEA for filling them for his particular doctor. My doc said he has no
worries with my records. I have a legitimate doctor though, no doc in a box. Although every time I go to the pharmacy they seem to have a conference
about them and call a couple of places before they say they will fill them. It isn't an option in my case, but that is how they are cracking down on
what has been a big problem in Florida of doctors charging cash and selling scripts and make a quick couple of million and know they are going to lose
their license but don't care for some reason. Tired of being a doc I guess, although you wouldn't think that is the case. Mainly it is in South
Florida where the problems are mostly. However, I got to have a doctor before I run off and move somewhere. Not to mention a good job. I am a RE
Broker right now in Florida, so I really am not in a hurry to move unless I can get an engineering job, or get my Broker license where I am going, but
it needs to be a good RE market. Tough to beat Florida for that.
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