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#5973067 - 10/12/15 08:40 AM Bees
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Have a blind that is infested. They were underneath. Managed to get a rope around it and turn it over with my truck. Huge cloud of bees ensued. I drove as close as I could in my truck and the entire bottom of the blind looks like one big honeycomb.

With the colony collapse issue nobody wants to exterminate bees, they want to charge you to remove them. Beekeper wanted $200 bucks to move them. This is a rickety old blind that ain't worth $20 but it is on one of the best feeders.

Camera card didn't have many pictures on it but I don't think it was because of the bees. The bees were pretty sedate until I pulled the blind over, then they were pissed.

I don't want to wind up like that farmer down by Harlingen that got killed when hit a pipe and was swarmed.

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#5973094 - 10/12/15 08:57 AM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Molotov cocktail the blind. Rebuild in a bit.
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#5973149 - 10/12/15 09:34 AM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
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New blind built out of metal?
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#5973206 - 10/12/15 10:01 AM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
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Burn it, hunt out of a pop up this year and get new blind next year
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#5973211 - 10/12/15 10:06 AM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
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If you opened up the hive, I would think the raccoon's will clean up the honey. I would burn it to the ground after the bees are gone or have moved. Might take the chance to move the whole setup a little ways away. New blind and new setup might be easier on the deer.
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#5973221 - 10/12/15 10:11 AM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
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All the talk about burning it...

What would happen if you hit it flamethrower style with a pear burner?
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#5973238 - 10/12/15 10:17 AM Re: Bees [Re: Creekrunner]
ndhunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Molotov cocktail the blind. Rebuild in a bit.


Burn ban in effect. I am not the property owner.

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#5973246 - 10/12/15 10:20 AM Re: Bees [Re: rickym]
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Originally Posted By: rickym
Burn it, hunt out of a pop up this year and get new blind next year


I agree, the pop up ground blind is Plan A already. We had a steel tower blind previous year but the guy that owned it moved to another lease. The landowner was kind enough to move this old wooden blind from another part of the property when I was out there last year.

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#5973251 - 10/12/15 10:23 AM Re: Bees [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
If you opened up the hive, I would think the raccoon's will clean up the honey. I would burn it to the ground after the bees are gone or have moved. Might take the chance to move the whole setup a little ways away. New blind and new setup might be easier on the deer.


I definitely exposed it when I turned it over. We have coons, hogs and a lot of turkey this year. I definitely think this blind is a goner. I left the long rope attached. I think I am going to drag it away and deal with it when burn ban is no longer in effect.

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#5973290 - 10/12/15 10:47 AM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
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A bee keeper will come get them for you

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#5973301 - 10/12/15 10:53 AM Re: Bees [Re: sallysue]
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Even if you get rid of the bees the wax on the blind would attract a new swarm next spring. You need to destroy or remove the blind and replace it.
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#5973327 - 10/12/15 11:02 AM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
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I had a similar situation a couple of years ago. If a beekeeper is not an option, go in after dark with borax powder in a puffer bottle. The bees will be completely docile after dark as they cannot see. You can even use a flashlight yourself and they won't bother you. Douse the hive with the borax powder. The bees get it on them and being the clean freaks that they are, will lick the powder off their feet and die. They will also take it to the queen and she will ingest it and die. Then go in and remove the hive completely. They say bees can still smell the pheromones even from a removed hive, but I am on the second year subsequent to the hive removal and no bees have staked out residence since.

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#5973546 - 10/12/15 01:24 PM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
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Could you buy a beehive off Craigslist and set it up nearby? If you started it off with a bottle of honey they might move in.
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#5973565 - 10/12/15 01:34 PM Re: Bees [Re: poisonivie]
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Originally Posted By: poisonivie
Could you buy a beehive off Craigslist and set it up nearby? If you started it off with a bottle of honey they might move in.

Lol wait would that work?

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#5973577 - 10/12/15 01:39 PM Re: Bees [Re: ndhunter]
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soap and water with a good sprayer... it will knock them out quick..

This works... I DO NOT do bees.. get your sprayer inside the truck or if you have a bed mounted one bring the hose through the passenger window... roll the window up as much as possible then tape off the rest of the opening...then do the same with your driver side window but leave the hole just a bit bigger... put a rubber dampener, seal, whatever you can find halfway down the sprayer nosel so you can swivel the sprayer in the hole and not leave an opening... you will look strange running down the road but it will getur done
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