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The Best Tick and Mosquito Protection While Hunting, Tested in the Field

After getting Lyme disease as a toddler, I don't mess around with tick protection—especially during hunting season.

Even the most seasoned hunter knows it's tough to remain motionless in the turkey woods when mosquitoes swarm your face or a tick inches its way up your pant leg. The itchy welts and tender bites left behind are bad enough, but the life-threatening viruses these pests can transmit are even more concerning.

After being diagnosed with Lyme disease as a toddler, I'm especially aware of the health risks and always take precautions to protect myself from ticks and mosquitoes in the field. While I won't let these worries keep me from running and gunning in nasty country, I rely on a few essentials to minimize my risk of picking up ticks along the way.

I put many products to the test on several spring turkey hunting missions, and these stand out as the best tick and mosquito protection for hunters. Read the full article written by Emily Kantner here.


September 27, 2023

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A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)

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Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.



And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.

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