Yes... You can never fully estimate the value of a good poky stick! That's my advice... Get a strong, straight stick, and if the thing you're looking at might have bugs, snakes, ants, spiders, or other stuff in or under it, use the stick on it. I use a stick to flip rocks, so I don't get spiders on me, and sticks are a good way to check bushes for stuff. STICKS RULE!
Okay, I'm done. @driftwoodhunter, I'd buy one of those! And seriously, get yourself a good poky stick. Preferably one without ants in it.
Also, if you're pulling the wood out of water, watch out for big fat spiders and leeches! Sticks are good for both of those. And never stick your hand down a hole without thoroughly poking it first, a lot of nasty things live in holes. (poke the hole, not the hand!)
Sorry for any incoherentness, I have some weird virus-thingy that's making me think funny.
My adventures in keeping Indostomus crocodilus, the crocodile toothpick fish. AKA armored stickleback, paradox fish, and freshwater pipefish. Care is (to the best of my knowledge) exactly the same as Indostomus paradoxus.