Turkeys, like whitetails, are masters at spotting movement. You can often remain hidden from an approaching tom if you have a decent backdrop, provided you don’t move a muscle. That’s why it’s important for shotgun hunters to have their gun resting on a raised knee; when a tom is within range, the shooter simply aims, slips the safety to “fire” and pulls the trigger. Of course, bowhunters have a much bigger challenge avoiding being busted by birds, and that’s why a high percentage of archers hide in pop-up ground blinds.
Bears don’t spot movement as readily as turkeys or whitetails (or perhaps they notice the movement and simply don’t care because they can eat you), but it’s best to minimize movement when pursuing them, too.
Regardless of whether you hunt bears and birds with gun or bow, two products that will certainly increase your chance of success this spring are the new insect repellents from ScentBlocker. Both were extensively tested in “bug hell” before coming to market, places like the swamps of Florida (turkeys) and the Alaska bush (bears). Instead of constantly swatting bugs and alerting game with your movement and noise, you can remain motionless and silent (i.e. deadly).
Bug Blocker for Mosquitoes has ever effective DEET to repel mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus, and it’s effective for up to 8 hours. The special formula contains additional repellents to repel biting flies and other insects, including black flies, gnats, chiggers, spiders and ticks. And here’s more good news: Bug Blocker contains no added fragrances or additional scents, so you can use it during deer season, too!
Bug Blocker for Ticks with Permethrin kills and repels ticks that may carry Lyme disease and other biting insects such as chiggers and mosquitoes. It can be applied to clothing, tents, packs and sleeping bags, but should not be used on skin. One treatment lasts 2 weeks. It, too, contains no added scents.
Good luck this spring and remember: avoid bugs to kill more bears and birds.
P.S. Did you know North American Hunter has an online store?