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I have been eaten alive! No, not by Zombies...by Mosquitoes!

The total as of right now is 32 bites on my right hand, 10 on my left, and 2 on my shoulder. My right hand is the hand I hold my bow with (I shoot lefty) so it was the most exposed thing on my body. It is absolutely miserable and itchy!

I normally don't sit in the woods this early into hunting season since since it's still fairly hot and humid here in Eastern NC. Mosquitoes are less active when the temperature gets below 45 degrees and above 95 degrees. Which normally means as it starts to get colder or after the first freeze, you're good. They do not like direct sunlight or windy conditions, but sitting in sun can make you sweat and also work against your camouflage. ground hunters like myself are slightly at the disadvantage since they prefer to stay close to the ground, and thrive in thick vegetation. Things like movement and sweat attract these pests as well, but we all know how are it is to not swat at their painful bites.

So, how can you help prevent mosquitoes without completely killing your hunt?

Tips for Repelling Mosquitoes

Clothing
Your clothing will create an actual barrier between your skin and your buggy friend. They make clothes like bug suits, or clothes that gave repellent in them, those work wonders. Keep your skin covered with things like hats, gloves, and face nets will help keep them from praying on exposed skin. The problem with layers, is they get HOT. If you are hunting before the first freeze or before the temperature really drops, layers can make you sweat. The problem with sweat, it attracts mosquitoes.

Thermacell
The Thermacell is a hunters best friends. It's silent and odorless. Thermacell works by creating a barrier around you that mosquitoes can't or won't go through. It uses a small disposable butane cartridge and a repellent pad. It is only effective if you are sitting still since the wind ruins the smoke or whatever it creates to protect you. I learned the hard way that it can take10-30 minutes to warm up. Other than those draw backs, this is hands down your best bet!

Repellent
Everyone always asks, can't I use bug spray? Well, you could...but don't expect to catch much! We all know that smell...that horrible bug spray smell. Big Game know it too, and can smell it for miles. For small game, it should be perfect. Don't let the "scent free" trick you, it still has a small to it, as the sprays that claim to cover scent, have a slight smell as well. Play it safe, don't use sprays or lotions when hunting big game.

Blinds and Nets
If you are hunting in a ground blind, you should have more protection than those whom like myself just sit out in the open. The netting helps minimize bugs. There

Hope this helps! Good luck to all of you who like myself, are too sweet for mosquitoes to resist!


 
 
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In the last week, I have had two up close and personal run ins with fox while sitting in the woods. I have always loved Fox, and have always seemed to run into them while hunting, but THIS has just been insane! I'm like a fox magnet!

I know Fox have a horrible reputation, when in reality they are not only not vicious, they are actually very non-confrontational animals. However, these ones I have had experiences with have come right up to me, and wanted to chatter and talk and see what was up. I was mortified and excited all at the same time. I was half tempted to call one of them and try to pet it!

Fox, though cute, will ruin a hunt with their women like screams. It alerts other Fox and the entire forest that there is danger and that just about wraps up your morning hunt. So, as long as they keep pleasant and don't try to attack me, we should be good...

I see a fox tattoo in my future...and shall hereby dub myself, The Vixen.

 

CHD

09/13/2013

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Compulsive Hunting Disorder
I am pretty certain I suffer from such a thing!

I lead an insanely busy life. I even it out by hunting mornings and evenings, but that's not enough! I want to spend all day in the woods. I want to work at a Bass Pro Shop or Eastern Outfitters where I get to eat sleep and breathe the very thing I have such a burning passion for! I hate that I cant dedicate more time to my hunting!

All day I find myself day dreaming of getting into the woods. Everywhere I pass I think whether or not it would be a good hunting spot or not, or whether the owner would let me use his land..I feel like it doesn't ever cease!

Oh hunting, I love you.