What’s the worst brush to walk through?

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  1. Paveglass

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    Manzanita in the Colorado high country also...no thorns, but if you fall down you won't even hit the ground.

    But...I have seen much worse environments in the course of living in many other states.
     
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    i feel your pain in that stuff ...
     
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    I think the next great reality show should be finding the knarliest patches of brush across the world and contestants compete to see who can get through each thicket the fastest....now that is some TV I could actually watch :D
     
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    Our land in the north Texas area has areas where you have greenbriar, prickly pear cactus, thick mesquite areas, yucca, cholla cactus, and some bodark (osage/ horse apple/ hedge).
    You walk very carefully, and follow cow paths, or you end up hurting a lot.
    I do not do swamps. :)
     
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    Blackberry or raspberry thickets, green briar and dense small crabapples and hawthorn.
     
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    Devil's Club. Only got that stuff in me once. Once was enough. Lol.
     
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    They ran through the Briars and they ran through the brambles and they ran through the bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go
     
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    Very dry corn when you are in nothing bit your boxers....never done it....just saying that would be the worst:4:
     
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    Greenbriar or mountain laurel for me.
     
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    I think it was a prison in Louisiana(maybe Angola Correctional Facility) that had a sugar cane plantation surrounding it. Story was that anyone trying to escape through the sugar cane would be cut to pieces. Never wandered into sugar cane but I know what it feels like to get arms cut in tall dry grass while hunting.
     
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    Multiflora Rose. They were used as fences in the early years of dirt poor farmers. Now they are all over the place. The thorns will tear you to pieces.
     
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    An idea for an episode of Naked and Afraid.
     
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    Pucker brush.
     
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    CAT CLAW! In the 10,000 Islands in SW Florida this stuff is truly evil. It doesn’t tear at you as you push through it. You don’t push through it. The 1/2” recurved spines dig in deeper the more you struggle against it. Only thing to do is STOP and GENTLY cut all the offending branches off you. Figure out how you got there, turn around, and get back out.


     
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    When you're a growing teen in a hunting family native to Alabama, you draw the short stick Everytime dad wants to do a slip drive. For those of you that don't hunt , a slip drive is where 7-8 people surround a large clear cut or thicket, while the driver makes a zig zag movement pattern across or through growth in order to spook any hidden deer or hogs. It's quite effective really.

    The toughest thing I've pushed through is a 3-4year old pine tree stand that's woven with dew berry, black berry, honey locust and another really large sticker bush that grows tiny little smooth berries. You can't eat em, and they are tough as nails. I used to wear a special pair of coveralls to get through it.

    When I got older I got payback. The biggest buck I have ever killed on the hoof was when my Dad was the driver. :)
     
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    I'll take the desert over any bamboo forest or jungle.
     
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    Anywhere near Fort Polk Louisiana.
     
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    Stinging nettles are no fun either.
     
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    Having no experience, thankfully, with the spiky abominations that seem to carpet the Southwest, I'll cast my vote toward blackberry. Rhodo and laurel definitely suck, but I don't have the experience with those that I do blackberry. Born and raised on a farm in middle Georgia, I have distinct memories of the time my brother and I spent a summer day bushwacking through a belt of blackberry on a several year old clear cut to carve out some new 4-wheeler trails. The belt was at least 100 yards wide and at times it was almost like tunneling through the stuff since it was taller than we were. It was a billion degrees, biting and stinging insects did not appreciate us disturbing them, and tucked away in the belt were thickets of mock orange (poncirus trifoliata). These made for incredibly unpleasant surprises when we reached in to pull out the recently hacked blackberry. Much to our mother's chagrine, we each destroyed a pair of pants and multiple shirts that day, as much from shredding as the amount of blood we seemed to have leaked on them. 15 years later and he and I still talk about it with a mixture of horror and pride.
     
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    It is a toss-up between multi-floral rose and blackberry briars for me. One of my favorite hunting areas has lots of honey locust that I avoid.
     
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