This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
STAY THE HECK AWAY FROM IT Gary Lewis


Poison oak with flowers —you shouldn’t smell!


vines with green and purple shiny leaves — poison oak. I hate poison oak. Last year, the stuff seemed to leap on me. I encountered it once in May and twice between October and December. Priority one is to stay out of the brush as much as possible, but it was tur- key season, time to get back in the woods. One of my favorite areas to hunt turkey is in southwest Oregon where there is no escape from the greasy scourge.


D 60 My hunting partner wasn’t one


to wait around. There stood prior- ity two, a legal turkey, still as a fence post at 20 yards. Russ dropped it with a load of No. 5s. The other birds scut- tled off into the oaks. I forgot about


priority one and went out and col- lected Russ’s gobbler, which I should have remembered would be covered with urushiol. The turkeys live in the stuff. Their legs, their feathers, their beaks, beards and snoods are soaked


These three leaves spell trouble.


ay chased the shadows away, beams of sunlight walked up through the boughs. Beside the blind, a couple of hardwood stumps were wrapped in


in poison oak. I should have let Russ collect it. Urushiol (ooh-roo-she-all) is the


toxic, resinous oil found in the roots, stalks, leaves and the white berries of the poison oak and ivy plants. When the colorless oil comes in contact with skin, it binds within 20 minutes and becomes difficult, if not impossible, to get off the skin with soap and wa- ter. The rash, which shows up within one to five days, is the body’s natural reaction to the poison. In the blind again, I traded places with Russ and looked out the window at the poison oak, even as the urushiol from the turkey began to bind to my skin.


Identify Poison Oak & Ivy The leaves are divided into three


leaflets with scalloped edges; the sur- face is bronze as it unfolds, changing to bright green. In the summer, the


REALITY CHECK • 2012 SPECIAL EDITION


Photo by: Julia King


Photo by: Jerry Kirkhart


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168  |  Page 169  |  Page 170  |  Page 171  |  Page 172  |  Page 173  |  Page 174  |  Page 175  |  Page 176  |  Page 177  |  Page 178  |  Page 179  |  Page 180