N Idaho Skeeters

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Thank God! I took an antelope trip to SD one year and nobody ever spoke a word about the hoards of horse fly sized skeeters! Im certain they could drain you dry if you were to far from the truck at dark.
 

Ross

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Skeeters may be gone but the NATS can be horrific, especially when butchering if there has been no frost!
 

ElkNut1

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No nats to speak of here in the west central part of the state but the horse flies & meat bees can be a bother if in the sun or heat of the day while breaking your elk down. At any rate my son & I work quickly on a downed bull to avoid this as much as possible. On bad days with an elk down we will sprinkle cayenne pepper over the kill & it can really reduce those pesky bastards! (grin) We both carry a small plastic bottle of it.

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No nats to speak of here in the west central part of the state but the horse flies & meat bees can be a bother if in the sun or heat of the day while breaking your elk down. At any rate my son & I work quickly on a downed bull to avoid this as much as possible. On bad days with an elk down we will sprinkle cayenne pepper over the kill & it can really reduce those pesky bastards! (grin) We both carry a small plastic bottle of it.

ElkNut1

Have you tried a thernacell for the flies and bees? No idea if it might work for them but it is awesome for skeeters and such around here.
 
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No nats to speak of here in the west central part of the state but the horse flies & meat bees can be a bother if in the sun or heat of the day while breaking your elk down. At any rate my son & I work quickly on a downed bull to avoid this as much as possible. On bad days with an elk down we will sprinkle cayenne pepper over the kill & it can really reduce those pesky bastards! (grin) We both carry a small plastic bottle of it.

ElkNut1

You read my mind with the next question lol. Thanks.
 

ElkNut1

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Btaylor, no sir I haven't used a thermacell when having an elk down, you'd be amazed how well the cayenne pepper works. Not too sure it would work though, I'm talking lots of horse flies & meat bees here when it's hot or the elk dies in the warm sun! We pull our sleeves down & just get it done! Once meat is in bags it's all fine & dandy, the insects now focus on elk remains!

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