Can Our Friendship Survive This Competiton?
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    Charlie B has for years been very jealous of my success in bait hive trapping. This bothers him so much he now annually challenges me to trapping competitions. To test our abilities we choose the hardest neighborhoods to trap in, as trapping is very easy in other nearby locals. This year we have two test sites in the middle of redwood forests, few nearby local hives with wet, dark and foggy conditions. The third site is also in a fog zone with lots of wind, but maybe more hives within range. As Charlie beat me last year, I might be too hurt if he beats me again to continue being his friend. And if I beat Charlie, he is apt to throw a hissy fit and stomp off. Please note that we place wood or decorations on our entries to make them more attractive to swarms. Also, we never waste time and effort strapping to trees, swarms will move in placed almost anywhere. Here are our competitors, click on them to enlarge:

    My "Green Goblin" VS his "Lil Pinkie" in redwood forest at Charlie's cabin in Felton:



    Charlies's white traps, "Tunitas Bruiser" and "Mountain Killer" VS my "Jumbo Jane", "Jumbo Jim" and "T111 Tim" with two of my hives on my cabin deck in Woodside:




    Charlies "San Brutal" in San Bruno. If he wins here he must give swarm to site hostess with a frame exchange.




    My entries "San Busted" and "Impaler" in San Bruno. I am trapping to start hives for the hostess of this site.


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    Charlie is a glutton for punishment...
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    as long as you keep them out of fire zones, we with you both the best, does a capture of Africanized hives count for more points?
    mike syracuse ny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    Charlie is a glutton for punishment...
    You see Michael, I think of my victory last year over Ollie as the student surpassing the master. You know, the Kung Fu thing. It’s true that I’m taking a huge risk challenging him again but since you do not live out here, there’s no one else that’s a worthy opponent!!!
    Last edited by Charlie B; 03-19-2019 at 05:54 PM.

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    My honey is on Odfrank!
    Kamon Reynolds https://youtu.be/VQ9T1mCo5l4 Grafting Queens

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    You forgot to mention the steak dinner Ollie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee's Bees LLC View Post
    My honey is on Odfrank!
    Oh man.....show me a little love Kamon!!!

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    I wouldnt worry too much; I think you two are inseperable come what may!
    Frank

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    Clearly these two are just playing the crowd.
    But heck - works for me.


    Beats the stupid "reality TV" on television - that is the real waste of time..
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame experimentation.

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    Oh yes! Contest rule #4 says: "Should a competitor catch a marked queen the opposing competitor shall buy the marked queen catcher a steak dinner".

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    You forgot to mention the steak dinner Ollie!
    All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
    not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.

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    I am looking very much forward to watching this unfold, and in seriousness I do appreciate the contribution that both of you have made here on Beesource. I have gathered a wealth of information just reading your collective posts.

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    What was the tally last year between you two? Am I even close to you guys with 18 last year?

    Phil in Fremont.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Oh man.....show me a little love Kamon!!!
    I pulled for you last year! I figured if you whoop ODfrank too many times he might hang up his veil. AND beesource can't stand to lose ODfrank!
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    Beekeeping “mano a mano.” Just the way it should be.

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    (1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankstump View Post
    What was the tally last year between you two? Am I even close to you guys with 18 last year?

    Phil in Fremont.
    Oh my Phil, in the Bay Area here you can catch as many swarms as you have bait hives if you know where to set them. Last year my 11 year old Granddaughter set one where she wanted it and landed one within two weeks. It’s not the total number of the season, it’s the FIRST CATCH, Mano a Mano in a difficult location.

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    > in the Bay Area here you can catch as many swarms as you have bait hives if you know where to set them

    And Phil if you are like Charlie, you serve as a local bee club officer which gives you access to the address list of all the local club members and their swarming hives.
    All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
    not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    > in the Bay Area here you can catch as many swarms as you have bait hives if you know where to set them

    And Phil if you are like Charlie, you serve as a local bee club officer which gives you access to the address list of all the local club members and their swarming hives.

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    Kinda sounds like the excuses are already starting
    Kamon Reynolds https://youtu.be/VQ9T1mCo5l4 Grafting Queens

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    Default Re: Can Our Friendship Survive This Competiton?

    The San Bruno hive host told Ollie that Bumble Bees were hanging out at his two swarm traps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee's Bees LLC View Post
    Kinda sounds like the excuses are already starting
    You wait Kamon, Ollie will claim he lost because Bumble Bees repelled any honeybee swarms from his traps.

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