I have found three nests this year. On by/in my wood pile, another by my uncle's shop, and yesterday when a friend and I were hanging a buddy stand. We got it to the tree we wanted and as I was on my way back to get the ladder pieces I stepped over an old cedar log and several inches from the the nest and I saw them swarming all around. I yelled "BEES!!!" and we took off running. I only got stung once but wow do those little things pack a punch! I was really expecting us to get hit by more of them but fortunately only got hit by the one.
I know people are saying bees are disappearing but the last 2 years this one apple tree finally started producing again (can't 100% confirm that its because of the bees)and then this year is the only time I have ever encountered them on the land we hunt.
One of my uncles stepped on a nest quite a few years back and was swollen up so bad that the only way I could tell it was him was the fact that he was wearing a sweat shirt that he always wears.
I also had a cousin who actually fell on a nest a few years back as well and they stung the crap out of him. He had them all tangled in his "mullet" and everything.
Put me on a mountain, way back in the backwoods
Put me on a lake with biggin' on the line
Put me around a campfire cookin' something I just cleaned