I find that if you spray sugar and water on the person you are with, you won't need to use the bug spray.
I use Ben's. I really don't think it's that bad. There is a company local to me whose stuff does not smell like the normal bug spray. I can't for the life of me remember the name, but when I'm out and about in town next I'll see if I can find a bottle. I've never used it, but supposively it's really good. Now for the kicker.... The main ingredient is corn oil. Yup. My great grandfather use to make his own out of garlic. I heard it worked not only for the bugs, but for people too!
Thanks for the inputs!
My husband and I and some friends of ours, we all hunt together every year. Most of them bow hunt starting out in the heat. I and a few of the wives have been wanting to bow hunt with them as well but they come back covered in mosquito bites and for this reason we wait for cooler weather to hunt. Of course they laughed at us ladies (haha) as well, when we suggested replant, but on the other hand got them to thinking is there something out there. I don't know about spraying anything sweet on me, may attract other things that bite. I'll keep checking around.
Thanks everyone for the ideas!
O well, gun season isn't far away!
ThermaCells are awesome. I put one under my seat while sitting on my bear stand and didn't have a single bug around. I remember thinking that the bugs were remarkably light for interior Alaska in June. But then I shot my bear and climbed out of the stand and out of the ThermaCell bubble. The buzzing around me was so bad I was having a hard time listening for animal noises.
They're also great to park by the door to your tent -- does a great job keeping the bugs from getting inside when you enter/exit.
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...