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Which thermacell?
Bears
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Iowabowhunter 12-Feb-24
Sam 12-Feb-24
Starfire 12-Feb-24
BOWNUT 12-Feb-24
milnrick 12-Feb-24
huntr4477 13-Feb-24
2Wild Bill 13-Feb-24
GUTPILEPA 13-Feb-24
BowSniper 13-Feb-24
DEMO-Bowhunter 13-Feb-24
APauls 13-Feb-24
Iowabowhunter 13-Feb-24
Iowa Rut Nut 13-Feb-24
APauls 13-Feb-24
Cotton 16-Feb-24
LBshooter 16-Feb-24
12-Feb-24
Heading up to NW Manitoba this spring for a bear hunt & plan on bringing a couple thermacell’s with me, haven’t used them before-are the rechargeable ones worth a darn or just get the original with the canisters?

From: Sam
12-Feb-24
One of the original ones with a butane cartridge for every day. Plenty for spring bear.

From: Starfire
12-Feb-24
Only used the butane but have heard the rechargeable don't work as well.

From: BOWNUT
12-Feb-24
The butane one that carries the extra butane and pads. It comes with a strap so you can hang it up wind. It's light weight and easy to pack or carry.

From: milnrick
12-Feb-24
Use the butane fired model; bring 2, fire up the second one as soon as you hear the primary beginning to sputter like it's running out of fuel.

From: huntr4477
13-Feb-24
Get the butane model. And buy the holster for it. The holster holds a spare butane cannister and several extra pads. It also has a clip for hanging on your belt, etc.

From: 2Wild Bill
13-Feb-24
I've got both, the scent cell for the electric has a longer lifespan and should outlast three or four recharges of the battery.

I've recharged the butane cells and though it can be a little messy, it is worth while.

From: GUTPILEPA
13-Feb-24
Definitely the butane one

From: BowSniper
13-Feb-24
Each butane cylinder lasts a whole day, and the pads last about 4 hours each. It's the greatest thing since sliced bread!!

13-Feb-24

DEMO-Bowhunter's embedded Photo
DEMO-Bowhunter's embedded Photo
I've used both the original with the small butane canisters, but sometimes its hard to find the refill packets since you can't fly with the butane bottles.

I've also used the fixed model that runs off Iso, it seems to be easier to find the Iso everywhere and you can use the half used canisters from other trips.

From: APauls
13-Feb-24
Freaken eh. That ISO one is sweet. Never knew those even existed! Jake where are you headed? I doubt it's really NW Manitoba but you never know. Likely west-central?

13-Feb-24
Hey Adam, I’m heading to Stickflingers in Manitoba. It’s about 6.5 hours NW of Winnipeg.

Just looked @ the map, had no idea Manitoba was so tall haha

From: Iowa Rut Nut
13-Feb-24
You should have a great hunt. The Duck mountains and Porcupine Mountains are full of huge bear. I hunted the Porcupines a few years ago with an outfitter who later sold most of his baits to Stick Flingers. and shot a 325 spring bear. In 2021 I hunted the Ducks with an outfitter who took over a few of the baits of the aforementioned baits and shot a fall bear that went 505 with a skull of 20 2/16. Spring of 22 was slow because of the late winter and tremendous winter kill with dead deer elk and moose everywhere but one guy in camp shot a 440 lb. I have heard nothing but good things about Stick Flingers. The biggest problem you will have is judging the size of bear. Take you time and try to wait to see several bear on bait. The fall hunt I saw 40+ bear the first night including the 505 and another that was taken after I left that went 510. I ended up shooting the 505 the last night.

From: APauls
13-Feb-24
You'll have an awesome hunt. Owners are close friends of mine.

From: Cotton
16-Feb-24
The guys that I shoot with all have “Thermocells” and we shoot 3D courses all summer in Northern Minnesota. They work great but we have found that some go through the Butane cells and pads much quicker than the others.

From: LBshooter
16-Feb-24
I have the original and they work no batteries, done!

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