D A M N a Mosquito!!! Ticks and Chiggers too for that matter.
If you have spent any amount of time in the outdoors you’ve no doubt had a run in with one or all of these biting bugs. If you’re a turkey hunter…putting up with these guys comes with the territory. Biting insects pretty much go hand in hand with turkey hunting.
Most of my turkey hunting time, which is almost every day of the season, is spent hunting Osceolas in Florida. There may be some other places in North America that best Florida for biting, stinging bugs but were near the top of the list, guaranteed. This makes devising a plan to defeat the bugs a real must
The First Line of Defense!
Protective outer ware…..The Bug Tamer !
I Like to avoid using chemicals when ever I can. During dry years when the mosquitos are relatively tame, most of the time I can get by using a Bug Tamer jacket and no repellant. The Bug Tamer has a mesh outer shell with a large chord mesh interior that holds the outer shell off your skin just far enough that the mosquito’s beak can’t reach you. Over the years they have used a few different sizes on the mesh outer shell including some that are tight enough that a no-see um probably can’t get through. I have (3) different versions and camo styles myself.
I almost never use inspect repellant directly on my skin! I just don’t like it and it’s a poor choice for deer hunting anyway. Obviously, turkeys don’t smell so the odor part is not an issue. I consider this a last resort option.
Treat my clothing with an insecticide that is designed for this application. There are a number of companies that sell this product such as “Repel Permanone ” and “ARI Tick Stuff “. One name for it is “Permanone” but the active ingredient is “Permethrin”. As a word or caution….read the warning label on Permethrin….it is not to be applied to your skin! It is for treating clothing only!
Permethrin is the only pesticide approved by the EPA for this uses. When it is applied properly, permethrin binds tightly to the fabrics, resulting in little loss during washing and minimal transfer to the skin. It will reportedly last through multiple washings. Also, Permethrin is poorly absorbed through the skin, although sunscreens and other products may increase the rate of skin absorption.
Permethrin is a common synthetic chemical, widely used as an insecticide, acaricide, and insect repellent. It belongs to the family of synthetic chemicals called pyrethroids and functions as a neurotoxin.
The chemical binds to the fabric being treated and actually kills insects that come in contact with it. This stuff works incredibly well. You absolutely will not get a tick or chigger while wearing cloths that have been pre-treated with this product. Since I use a Bug Tamer jacket I only treat my pants and saves me a little money. However, If you sit down in high grass or come in contact with brush above the waste line, it’s possible you could get a bug on you that way. The jacket and treated pants will eliminate 99% of them anyway.
I have seen ticks literally jump off my pants trying to get away from this stuff! It’s a beautiful thing to see!
You can also treat your head net with the Permanone when the mosquitoes are extra bad. I try to avoid it but sometimes it’s a must. Mosquitoes react a little differently than ticks and it takes a few minutes of buzzing around before they realize your not something they want to eat and leave. You’ll sit down and get swarmed but after a few minutes you’ll realize, they’ve all disappeared!
Additionally, the U.S. Military has been using permethrin to treat combat uniforms for over 20 years in order to better protect soldiers from the risk and annoyance of biting insects.
With this combination you’ll be able to keep yourself pretty much bite free while hunting or scouting.
Oh yeah, your wife will appreciate it when you and your cloths come home, bug free!
Best of Hunts,
The following photographs were taken with a Bushnell Model 119335C trail camera at a prospective stand site at the new tract. I am amazed at the size and condition of the Hogs on this tract. For eating I would prefer some smaller, 75lb kind of hogs. This tract has some incredible hogs.
Only (2) bucks visited this spot with the larger of the two still in velvet.
I was also excited to find (2) more gobblers that are not associated with the other birds I have found. I believe I have located a total of (8) gobblers on this tract so far and that is only from (3) locations. There is another group of birds using a spot that I have not set up any cameras in yet.
Looks like it’s going to be a good year!
I headed out to Bull Creek today to pull the card from the camera at the feeder site. Apparantly the feeder was not working correctly but I had some interesting pictures of some up and coming young gobblers. They should be some fine 2 year old gobbling turkeys by the spring.
There is a really interesting picture of a gobbler stretched up as high as he can get, looking at the corn lying on the feeder spinner just out of reach.
There were a number of hogs there looking for corn, especially after the squirrels gnawed the handle off the feeder and crashed it. It was basically a free choice feeding at that point.
I slipped out to Bull Creek Ranch to add some corn to one of the feeders I had left out there. I should have pulled it instead of just leaving it hang empty for so long…when I opened the feeder motor compartment, Bull Ants went e v e r y w h e r e ! There must have been a couple hundred of them. Got it topped off with corn and operating so I should have hog harvest video to post soon.
The cooling afternoon showers make this prime time for some evening hog hunting. I drove up on a brown shoat rooting up some St. Augustine grass on the edge of the hammock on the way in. He was a little small to shoot, guess he was about 45#. There seems to be plenty of hogs around.
I remembered I still had a trail camera running out in the pasture that has been there since the end of gobbler season. I pulled the card in it to see what has been going on. The camera is in no particular travel route, nothing to funnel them, no enticements to get them close to the camera but for some strange reason, almost every turkey that has passed by has walked so close to the camera it fills the whole frame? It was the strangest thing.
Anyway, the young jakes are getting some pretty decent beards on them now and there was a number of mature gobblers.
The grass in the pasture has gotten a little tall but I did not notice any young poults with any of the hens. They sure seem to take a beating. I guess it did not help that we had a couple severe storms systems this spring right during the main part of the hatch.
I wanted to share some of the pics with everyone of what’s been hanging around this spot.