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  1. Mar 11, 2005 #1

    woodsman1757

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    With you guys talking bout turkey seasons got me thinking. I'm planning a pc ( F&I) hunt this year and was woundering if anyone has heard what they did in the day to maybe help keep those nasty skeeters off.I know there has to be some old recipes out there and you guys will help me find them!
    Not a sissy-man or nothing but i don't like them bugs ! :curse:
     
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    PC Bounce dryer sheets. :: Hang one from your pocket and they are SUPPOSED to keep mosquitos away. You can tell anyone that askes that it is extra patching. ::
     
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    Bugs?

    The 35 mph wind usually keeps their frozen husks from settling on ye, even if it get up above freezin come May. Mosquitoes need the ice off before they can pop out. Once in a great while they survive the first couple hard frosts and make it as far as mid-October. ::

    Most of the remedys I've heard sound as bad as the cure. Bear grease, oily swamp mud, etc.

    I have found a product called Badger Bug Balm
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    that is a "natural" product which works on our saber-toothed mosquitoes and black flies (they have a short season, and come out of the gate mean when they finally make it).

    Badger's Den - click me

    Sounds like one of my lube recipes. :hmm:

    The good news is that turkeys have no sense of smell (it smells nice, but odd).

    I fly R/C airplanes. DEET eats the plastic (Monokote) coverings and the "chromed" plastic of the transmitter box, but the last thing you want to do is swat a bug while you're flying with both thumbs. This stuff works.
     
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    awwwwwwwwwww Stumpy commo'n now we know ya go to that site just to get the Body Butters and Massage Oils and such:
    Cocoa Vanilla: Perhaps the most sensual fragrance I've ever experienced.

    Antique Rose : With a very delicate and true rose fragrance which will calm and delight the senses.

    Mango Passion Fruit :With extracts of the real fruit blended with Moroccan Blue Tansy for a delicious tropical scent.

    Fresh Citrus : With refreshing and uplifting fragrance of pure essential oils of Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine & Lemon, along with a dash of Lavender.

    I bet they ATTRACT skeeters!
    :crackup: :crackup: :crackup:

    Woody
     
  5. Mar 12, 2005 #5

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    Dryer sheets? You gotta be kiddin'. I hate the smell of my clothes when those things are used. An' when I'm in the woods, I don't wanna telegraph my presence to every black nose inside a mile. I'd rather cowboy up an' take the bugs' best shots.
     
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    I wonder what the ratio of west nile virus or encephalitis is amoung cowboys vs. the regular population? :rolleyes:
     
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    I just read this on another forum, and haven't tried it. The writer said take a spoonful of vinegar three times a day starting about three days before you really plan on going out. No idea if it works, but I think I'll try it. :results:
     
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    You'll find out quick how PC you really are if you go into these Fl. swamps on a hot muggy day. The only PC sceeter repellent I know that might work is to stay in the sunshine...they will not go there.
     
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    :agree:...a good example of where I personally wouldn't forsake proven health related items in the interest of being PC...ie: my required medications, tick & mesquito spray as a preventive health measure, etc, etc...but that's just me
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    About 2 hours before the hunt, take a vitamin B-12...

    When you sweat, the B-12 excretes from your pores, skeeters hate that...
     
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    Local folks used to rely on sulphur dusted around the lower legs. Kerosene dabbled on the lower pants leg kept ticks/chiggers off. Neither smelled human like and worked well enough. With all the west nile/malaria/creepy crap out there I would use the best stuff available out there I opt for it and am more concerned with keeping the stuff away than how I smell to the woodland creatures. Wind and movement do more to frighten away game. nuff said. Shadows
     
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    I spend all summer in the northwoods of Wisconsin, my range is butt up next to a swamp. We have skeeters so big they've been known to carry off the smaller scouts, and there's a couple of them can wrestle a decent sized Scoutmaster to his knees.

    The best cure I've found is no cure at all. Use 100% unscented soaps, shampoos, and anti-perspirant. Cloths get washed in unscented detergent, none of them froofy dryer sheets either.

    Once the scent is gone from clothing, body, and what little hair there's left, the skeeters don't bother me at all, maybe three or four bites for the whole summer.

    Now, black flies and deer flies... nothing short of new-clear weapons keep them darlins away.

    vic
     
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    I have read that blood suckin' female skeeters are attracted to sources of carbon dioxide. Short of wearin' an oxygen rebreather I don't know how you eliminate that. :hmm:
     
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    Yep, I also heard that. I have also heard that those who eat a lot of garlic are bothered less by the saber tooth bugs too.

    I personally use my wife's "Skin so Soft" from Avon, or Amway...I don't remember for sure, right off, who makes it.

    But I am sure it works great for me, and it has very little, if any odor...at least I can't smell it, and it's pretty cost effective. In early fall, I keep a small bottle in my pack.

    Russ
     
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    Since you're looking to experience a PC turkey hunt the only advise I would offer is to get your hands on some green chamois cloth that they make shirts out of. Then make a face covering or balaclava out of it with only your eyes exposed. This cloth will actually stop skeeters and flys from biting your head area because they can not bite through the cloth because of the extreme tight weave. Some mudd rubbed around and under the eyes will also help stop them from that area. This will also help break up your pattern in the woods if done right.

    The chamois can get a little warm if the temperatures get real high, but as for the bug resistance of the cloth, it is all I wear in the woods during black fly and skeeter season for my shirt. It always works for me.
     
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    Bugs???????? If you can't takem stay out of the woods. If your like me you got to go so as Russb said Avon skin-so-soft works. Stops Georgia sand flies? in their tracks. Musketman Vit B-12 in heavy doses for about 3 days before you go does make the mosquitoes stop in their tracks. Also wearing the right material keeps them to far away from the skin to bite. They all work just get the right combination for you and go get those turkeys without worry from the bugs.
    Fox :thumbsup:
     
  17. Mar 22, 2005 #17

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    Years ago my wife and I lived in Hawaii, the skeets ate us alive, we were starting to feel like a chemical dump site spraying Off and all that poison on ourselves. Our Hawaiian buddies had a good laugh at us until my wife got one of their ladies aside and asked why the blood suckers left them all alone. Coconut, it contains alot of b12 and other natural things skeets hate, they ate some coconut everyday until it built up in their systems, we started doing it too, within a few weeks the skeets left us alone too. they'ed hover around us but wouldn't land to feed., We hunted turkeys there alot it sure was a blessing to go back to the top of the food chain. :results:
     
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    I take a B6 & B12 supplement during the bug season or prior to going to bug land.

    I also make the following and it works very well:

    Bug-Be-Gone-Bar
    1 1/2 ounces beeswax
    1 1/2 ounces cocoa butter
    1 1/2 ounces aloe butter
    2 ounces sweet almond oil
    3-5 drops vitamin E or evening primrose oil
    5-10 drops bug repellant essential oils

    2 bars

    Melt beeswax, cocoa butter, aloe butter and sweet almond oil in the top of a double boiler.
    Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vitamin E or evening primrose oil and the repellant essential oils.
    Pour the contents into the soap mold and let the bars cool completely.
    To repel insects, rub the bar over exposed skin before going outdoors.
    NOTE: This is not a soap bar.
    BUG-REPELLANT ESSENTIAL OILS: Cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, and sandalwood oils are known to help repel bugs.
     
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    I had the opportunity to hunt spring gobblers in Oklahoma about ten years ago. Anybody from there will tell you, the wind never stops blowing. The black flies that inhabit the area where I hunted are called Buffalo Gnats because of the large hump they have on their backs. They got those humps from constantly fightin' the wind! Anyway, I unfortunately had one of the worst head colds I could remember. I was miserable.
    Part of my doctorin' regemin was to use Vick's Vapo-Rub. Let me tell you, those black flies wouldn't come within arms length of me! The only problem was that my skin absorbed it and I had to reapply often. Then I experimented by putting the noxious stuff on my collar and hat brim. That did it! No more Buffalo Gnats!
    In those years where the mosquitoes and gnats are especially nasty here in PA, I use it with a great deal of success. Scoff if you will, but it works. After all, Murphy's 2nd Rule of combat is: "If it's stupid but it works, it isn't stupid!" :crackup: Thank God turkeys can't smell or we'd never be able to kill one!
     
  20. Mar 24, 2005 #20

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    Heck Keith, if nothing else it probably will clean your pipes pretty good, of course cleaning time will hit about the time you set up in your favorite stand. Good old Murphy, if I ever get my hands on that fool, I'm going to make a possibles bag out of his hide!!!!!!! :crackup:
     

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