100% Deet – The Breakfast of Champions

Archery Elk Season, 2018

 

A hunter poses with a bottle of 100% Deet Insect Repellent, While bowhunting For Elk in Colorado
A Concoction Of Last Resort. Photograph by Rocky Tschappat

 

What do you do when the mosquitoes are thick as thieves and larger and meaner than a pterodactyl on the prowl?

How do you hunt when wearing your headnet merely slows down the number of bugs trying to find a way down your throat?

Well, the answer is easy, my friend.

And the word is “Deet”. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

It’s about the only thing left when all your bug suit does is make you hotter and more miserable than your already are.

Unless, you choose instead to go running madly though the trees, screaming at the top of your lungs in a state of full-bore linear panic (I stole that from the great outdoor writer Patrick McManus by the way).

Effective, for sure, but awfully hard on the ol’ noggin…I wouldn’t recommend it.

It’s Deet alone to save the day, I say – 100%…

Watch your back, though. If you’re not paying attention you may even find an elk trying to get close to you to find some relief for himself.

Could happen…

Michael Patrick McCarty

Disclaimer: I surely did not mean to imply that Deet was an edible product. Ingestion would be hazardous to your health, and may cause certain body parts to melt inappropriately. Be careful what you spray it on too – it’s some mighty powerful stuff!

*To be doubly honest, I also borrowed “The Breakfast of Champions” title from Kurt Vonnegut, after his book by the same name. Hell of a writer there, may he rest in peace. (The work explores the boundaries and meanings of “sanity”, and “mental illness”, which somehow seemed so appropriated in this case).

We usually have a copy in our bookstore stock, as well as many of his other books, if so interested.

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