Anyone who has hunted during mosquito season knows how fast they can ruin your hunt or even your whole trip. I hunt bears in Saskatchewan, hogs in Alabama and most everything in between. I don’t venture into the woods without my Thermacell!
Thermacells are the only butane-operated mosquito repellent, and they also offer a cover-scent system utilizing their Earth Scent mats. The units can be hand-held or used with the holster to attach to your belt or backpack. They repel mosquitoes, black flies, and other flying insects, creating an insect-protection zone of 15 x 15 feet. They work by igniting the butane cartridge, which causes the mosquito repellent mats to smolder, emitting a deterrent to those pesky flying and biting insects. The mats work for approximately four hours, while the butane cartridges are good for twelve hours. Even though the mats may work for four hours, I tend to change them out slightly before that time, so that I have no decrease in protection.
In Northern Saskatchewan, I have had mosquitoes come out on days that we had snow flurries. Never had I experienced both snow and mosquitoes at the same time! I light my Thermacell when I get off of the quad, prior to my hike in to the stand; that way the Thermacell is in full force before I climb up into my stand. I generally place the Thermacell under my seat, so that I am engulfed by protection. I have always used the original mats, and I have never had any animal sense my presence with them; I have shot trophy bear at close range.
In Southern Alabama, especially when rain is frequent, the mosquitoes could “carry you away.” Recently, I hunted hogs with my daughter in an large elevated stand, and we kept a Thermacell on either end to make sure we were covered with protection. Leann shot a wary 260 pound boar; it did not get to that weight by being stupid. He was completely unaware that we were thirty yards away.
Recently, Thermacell has updated their unit colors to include: Olive, Gray, Realtree Xtra Green Camo, Realtree AP Pink Camo, and Woodland Camo. Two scents are available on the repellent mats: Original and Earth Scent. The MSRP’s of the Thermacell products are:
- Olive and Gray Units $24.89
- Realtreen Xtra Green Camo and AP Pink Camo Units $29.99
- Woodland Camo Unit $27.99
- Mosquito Repellent Refill Packs: Single (1 butane cartridge and 3 mats-12 hour protection) $6.99, Value Pack (4 butane cartridges and 12 mats-48 hour protection) $20.99, Mega Pack (10 butane cartridges and 30 mats-120 hours of protection) $44.99
To purchase, or to get more information, go to http://www.thermacell.com/mosquito-repellent/hunting. The
units and refills are also found at most sporting retail stores and Walmart.
Whether you are hunting, fishing, camping, or just spending time outdoors, get the protection from mosquitoes, black flies, and other flying insects without the use of spray on insect repellents. Thermacells are a must for me!