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Old 11-08-2010, 09:37 PM
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I have pretty frequent, mild hay fever-like allergies that keep me in phlegm much of the time, including in the Fall and winter, when I am in the tree stand and makes me need to cough. Cold weather makes it worse, for whatever reason. I have tried sucking on Ricola honey-herb lozenges, which works for a while. But, inevitably, I have to cough a few times during the day in the stand. By the point at which I have to cough, it is usually so loud that I feel like the “gig is up” and every animal within a mile knows exactly where I am and will avoid the immediate vicinity like the plague. I try to just “suck it up” and not cough, but then, eventually the phlegm in my chest starts making wheezing sounds to the point where it would give me away. I use the “Cough Muffler”, but I don’t think it works well.

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:01 AM
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a lot animals cough,I dont know about deer tho.You could try some delsym.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:38 AM
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I had to cough the other day with a doe and yearling within 30 yards. I coughed into the bend of my arm and they never even looked up. I am sure it may scare some but if you have to you have to.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:08 AM
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I hate when you have an ich in your throat and you try all you can not to cough but it ends up making you cough really loud.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:26 AM
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I also cough into the bend of my arm, into what ever clothing I have on, which muffles it pretty well, but I also beleive that if the animal isn't looking at you and sees your movement, no harm has been done. All kinds of noises in the woods, often I can't tell what made the noise, deer are the same. They may look in the direction of the noise, but rarely will leave the area just because of a strange noise.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:34 PM
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It may depend on the deer in question, but last year I had a huge buck bed down about 23 yards away from me for 2 hours. Had to cough the whole time, to the point tears were rolling down my cheeks. When he finally got up, I was waiting for him to move out from behind some branches and I finally coughed. He was gone in a flash. Didn't stop for a second to check out what made the sound or anything. Just ran off immediately.

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I think I have a drug allergy that may prevent me from taking delsym. Any other suggestions?
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:56 PM
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Usually reach for my water bottle when it gets to where I can't hold it back anymore. If I have to cough, I cover my mouth with my gloves as tight as I can to muffle the sound.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:29 PM
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http://www.coughsilencer.com/about.htm

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Old 11-09-2010, 04:42 PM
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I have the same problem and bought the cough silencer. It may sound a bit stupid but I actually had to practice using the silencer to get the desired effect. It works very well for me.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:57 PM
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Hmmm...this cough silencer sounds interesting. I may try to get one before I head to the mountains tomorrow evening. CNY Guy, you said you needed to practice before it worked for you? What's the secret? Or, alternatively, what's tricky about using it?
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