Originally Posted by mts3212
One thing I would caution you on is yellow jackets. I was lucky to avoid a sting, but almost everyone on our trip got stung; many 3-4 times. They were aggressive from Hammer Creek to Whitehouse Bar. Once we got to Eagle Creek they eased up considerably and were pretty much a non-issue.
My solution for yellowjackets is to have some pieces of cooked chicken--backs, necks, wings, whatever. Get a bucket of water and squirt a little bit of dishwashing soap into it. Set the bucket 30-40 feet away from your kitchen. Hang the chicken a few inches above the water (use wire and secure it well). The yellowjackets will be drawn to the chicken in swarms, and they're such gluttons they'll eat until they can't fly. They'll drop into the water, and because of the soap, they'll sink and drown.
You can clean out entire nests in a matter of hours this way. I've left heaps of dead yellowjackets wherever I've used this--bushels of them sometimes. Forget the little traps from the store. This really works!