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12-05-17 02:13 PM - Post#1655245    

    In response to tenngun

Pretty much the same here...even have my Mom's immunity to poison ivy, et al. Then almost two years ago I got popped by a brown recluse and a copperhead within 3 days of each other. Since then even a bee sting sends me to bed almost helpless! It's getting better and I try to stay away from bitey and stingy things!

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12-15-17 10:33 PM - Post#1657228    

    In response to Wes/Tex

For a history of bee hunting and the general use of honey in early Texas, check out "Honey In The Rock", a chapter in J. Frank Dobie's "Tales of Old Time Texas".

"See yonder!" said Tom Owen, stretching out his long arm, "There's a bee."
We looked in the direction he pointed, but that was the extent of our observation.
"It was a fine bee," continued Tom Owens, "black body, yellow legs, and went into that tree," pointing to a distant oak. "In a clear day I can see a bee over a mile, easy."

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01-04-18 10:04 AM - Post#1660966    

    In response to Spence10

My grandfather kept bees and harvested their honey. I was fortunate enough to watch a bee hunt in action a couple of times. The first time we were at a picnic and I noticed him staring at a water fountain. I was about 10 at the time and was wondering what he was doing so I moved over and asked. He told me 'bee hunting'. There were bees all around so I was very curious. He told me to watch the bees come to water. He said they were thirsty and would go straight back to the hive. He watched a few and even pointed out a couple for me. True enough once they had a drink they would fly off and you could line yourself up with them to see exactly where they went. On another occasion he had me follow them to the actual tree. He marked it and one night (after dark) we came back, cut the top of the tree off and blocked the hollow, then cut the bottom off and blocked it as well. We carried this back to his truck and transported it to his home. The next day he opened the tree and found the queen. By putting her in a trap all the other bees would follow her wherever we took her. He then put her in a manmade hive with her in the lower level. This level was manufactured with space enough for the workers to leave but the queen being much larger could not escape. Then we could wait for the workers to fill the bottom level, then add a second or third level for us to harvest.

Great fun.

Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
01-25-18 09:23 AM - Post#1665706    

    In response to 1sgtscot

Here's a book I came across....

My Bee Book
By William Charles Cotton 1842

In the opening pages he lists a list of bee books going back to the 1500's

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01-25-18 10:12 AM - Post#1665721    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

  • Colorado Clyde Said:
In the opening pages he lists a list of bee books going back to the 1500's

It's impressive that there are 100 books in his list of prior writers about bees.


Mad Professor 
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02-24-18 10:48 PM - Post#1671326    

    In response to Spence10

Books by E. N. Woodcock are available from Fur Fish Game:

Bee Hunting

72 pages

Bee Hunting

Chapters Index

1. Bee Hunting
2. Early Spring Hunting
3. Bees Watering - How to Find Them
4. Hunting Bees from Sumac
5. Hunting Bees from Buckwheat
6. Fall Hunting
7. Improved Method of Burning
8. Facts about Line of Flight
9. Baits and Scents
10. Cutting the Tree and Transferring
11. Customs and Ownership of Wild Bees
12. Benefactors and Their Inventions 13. Bee Keeping for Profit

Bee Hunting

50 Years a Hunter and Trapper

50 Years a Hunter and Trapper

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05-31-18 01:29 PM - Post#1687489    

    In response to tenngun

VERY TRUE. = I use TX dark honey as a substitute for molasses in a lot of recipes when I bake.

Until I had to get rid of all my hives (on orders of my sister's physician), ALL of our swarms were "wild caught". - When my Dad was living, we also made all of our own hives too.
(I cannot prove it but I think that our native TX bees make better honey than the "domesticated" ones do. AND wild swarms are FREE for the catching, too.)

yours, satx

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