When you hear that everything in south Texas either bites, burns, stick or stings- BELIEVE IT!! Being a tropical area, there are many plants and critters which can ruin your trip. A wide variety of ants, bees, wasps, scorpions, spiders, ticks, fleas, chiggers and snakes are common here. Many of the plants have thorns and others just sting, blister or are poisonous.
While the warmer months are the most productive photographically, south Texas summer heat and humidity can be stifling, especially on days when there is no breeze. A small battery powered fan, with or without mister bottle, can be a lifesaver when sitting in blinds. These units are inexpensive and make very little noise. They can be found at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. Always carry adequate drinking water with you, even into shaded blinds. Sunscreen is important if you are going to be shooting outside the blinds for any period of time. Try to stay in the shade during the direct overhead sun part of the day.
on established trails, don’t walk through tall grass, watch where
you step and place your hands. It is a good idea to wear gloves when
handling brush, dead logs, and rocks.
method of emergency communication is important. The ranch has 2 way
radios to keep the blinds in touch with the guides. Most cell phones
work at the ranch and the guides all carry cell phones.
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