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.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....