Bug repellent

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How do deer and elk react to bug repellent? I'm going elk archery hunting for a week on the westside and the drainages I find the elk at in the summer are full of mosquitoes. When I get bit I welt up real bad even though I don't scratch the bites. My wife will be standing right next to me and I'll get 10 bites for every 1 she gets. They seem to love me and I seem to react to bites more than most people. Anybody try the earth scented DEET stuff, anything else work well? Thanks
 
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I know it's important to work the wind but both places I chase elk have wind that just goes every which way every 10-15 minutes. If you always kept the wind in your face you would just be going in circles and never get more than 50ft from your rig.:s0114: The only time it's steady is on some of the hillsides when the thermals are changing from the sun rising or setting. I think this year I'll try the earth scented DEET and next year try and save up for bug proof clothes. They have bit me right through my lightweight tops and bottoms so just covering my skin won't work. Several times I've gotten plenty close for shots ignoring the wind but also who knows how many I spooked for the same reason? If I don't see a darn thing I'll know they hate the smell of the bug spray.:s0114:
 
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One thing that always worked for me, to keep the bugs off (mosquitos, chiggers, ticks etc) was eating 3-4 of the soft, close-cover-before-striking match heads everyday I was in the field. Sounds nasty, but I came out of most field ops with very few bites, and no chiggers. Might work for you....... I put them in MRE's, and you couldn't even tell the difference :s0131: :s0112:
 
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I Googled eating match heads and it said that can make your nipples and hair fall off and can cause genetic defects in your children like 11 fingers or being born with no lips. Haha, just funnin' you.:s0140: I think I'll stick with spraying chemicals on my body instead of eating them though, just to be "safe".
 

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