Whether you are early season spot and stalk hunting, ground blind hunting or hunting out of a tree stand, you will likely encounter ticks and mosquitos. Finding an alternative to DEET, however, has not always been easy. Ranger Ready Repellent has solved this problem with Picardin 20% insect and tick repellent.
Picaridin is a synthetic compound derived from natural piperine, a substance found in the plants that produce black pepper. It was created in the 1980’s by German scientists who were looking for alternatives to DEET. Picaridin can safely be applied to skin and does not damage clothing or gear. If you have ever had a bottle of DEET break open on your gear or clothes, in a matter of time the chemical compounds of DEET eat through fabrics and plastics. DEET is a plasticizer, capable of eating through rubber, plastic, leather, vinyl, rayon, spandex, elastic and auto paint.
Ranger Ready Picaridin offers 12 hours of protection for tick and mosquitos and leaves a clean feeling on the skin that is not sticky or oily. Picaridin is also EPA registered and is not banned in Canada like DEET.
For hunting I used the Scent Zero formula that allowed me to use insect repellent and still hunt without getting winded in the stand. I also felt comfortable enough to spray down my clothes and boots with the spray. I saw no ticks on my clothing upon returning from the hunt which is basically unheard of here in Nebraska.
Ranger Ready Repellent is a touch more expensive than current sprays on the market. It is not as easy to find in stores but more are coming on board every day. The Ranger Ready website is easy to use and it is available on Amazon. The benefits of this repellent far outweigh the extra cost, and having a repellent that has zero smell is kind of important in the whitetail woods.