scent control

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by Mr-Incredible, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Mr-Incredible

    Mr-Incredible New Member

    I tried searching and couldn't find anything specifically on scent control, and googling the topic brings a dizzying array of advertizements and people who seem to have drank the consumer koolaid and recommend every product available. Posters here have said its more important than what camo you choose, but WHAT is more important? What do you guys feel is worth the time and money, and what merits minimal results? Am I doomed to buy hunters soap, detergent, deer urine, masking gum, scentlock camo, and change into my gear 30 yards from the truck (lest I get exhaust fumes on it!).

    I've been reading 'nature observation and animal tracking' by tom brown jr. and his recomendations boil down to sitting in front of a fire for 20 minutes, chewing on some mint leaves, and staying downwind.

    I'm new to hunting, but I thought if this really was more important than the fashion statement I make in the woods it merrited a bit more discussion.
  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    I don't buy into the scentlok clothing, the carbon reactivators, blah, blah, blah. I do have some of the no-uv brighteners laundry soap and a bottle of the no scent body wash/shampoo. I use the spray scent cover (smells like dirt) and I store my hunting clothes in a plastic bin with dirt smelling wafers.

    I've had the laundry soap for 3 years and plenty left. The body wash and shampoo I've had for about 4 years and I still have 1/3 bottle left. The spray, I buy one of the big bottles every couple of years and refill the sprayers. Once the wafers lose their scent, you just put them back in the container for a couple of days and they are "recharged" so to speak.

    Scent control does not need to be expensive. I know guys who buy into the new fangled clothing every couple of years and they spend literally hundreds and hundreds every time, and they are no more successful than any other hunter I know.

    The old guys used to collect acorns and walnuts and such and make their own scent cover paste and spray.

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

    Here's my thoughts on the subject. I feel that unless you stay downwind a deer is going to smell you no matter what. You MAY reduce your scent enough to where it don't alarm the deer. With very little scent it may appear to deer's noses like you're a mile away-who knows?

    I take baths in diluted apple cider vinegar just before leaving the house to begin with. After 1/2 hour the smell is gone and all scent causing bacteria is destroyed. I store my hunting duds in a large garbage bag which dirt, acorns, cedar, persimmons, apples or other scents is in the bottom. I change into my gillie suit (when bowhunting) after I get out of the truck. That includes boots too. I'll rub an apple on the bottom of my boots or regular doe pee on a cloth I drag behind on the way to my stand or blind. A LOT of the time I'll hunt from the ground.

    Regarding scent control clothes-1 time a buddy was wearing them from head to toe. We had already gotten out of the truck and donned our hunting duds. He farted and believe me in no way did the scent-lok clothing do ANYTHING to contain ANY of the smell. That's when I lost faith in scent control clothes.
  4. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    First time I've heard of anyone actually learning something from a fart.
  5. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

    I'm with Skull, I think scent-lock clothing is all hype. Wash your hunting clothing and your body in no scent soap. Don't wear you hunting boots to the gas station or anywhere else they can pick up smell, and don't wear your hunting clothing to the restaurant unless your trying to attract other hunters with the smell of bacon and eggs.

    I seal my hunting clothes in those large plastic tubs and I throw in some pine branches for a little a natural.

    Always use the wind to your favor.
  6. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

    Scent Blockers

    A friend of mine who likes to drink and smokes cigerettes, and I'm sure when he gets in his stand he reeks of both. And he does smoke while on the stand. He always gets his deer. Now that's a Fart in the wind, go figure? Wills in da Swamp in La. One Shot One Kill..........
  7. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

    The reason i practice scent control like i do is because I'm a bowhunter. When bowhunting all slightest mistakes are magnified. I've found out the hard way many times about being busted by the deer for the slightest lapse in scent control. If you can have deer downwind of you at close range without spooking them you know you're good to go.
  8. atm7819

    atm7819 New Member

    I agree. I pay a lot more attention to scent control during bow season. I have been busted anyway, but I am sure that it would happen a lot more often if I ignored scent control completely.
  9. JonathanGlass

    JonathanGlass New Member

    I don't buy into the scent-lok clothing and carbon stuff either, to me it's a waste of money.

    This year i'm going to try something different, i'm going to take my hunting clothing, camo pants and shirt, gloves, hat, mask, and socks, spray them down with scent killer(odorless). Let them set out until they dry, then take leaves, pine needles and sticks from the area i'm going to be hunting and stick them in a bag or two with my hunting clothing, put the stuff all throughout it so the scent gets around, I might do this with layer clothing as well. And not put my camo stuff on until I get to where I park and then put them on and spray myself down really well then too, and head out.

    And of course another important thing to do is pay attention to the wind.
  10. Cory2

    Cory2 New Member

    I dont know how man survived without scent control, how could they possibly hunt without it?:rolleyes:
  11. Pab0whunt3r

    Pab0whunt3r New Member

    I don't wear the scentblock clothing or any of that but I do use the spray.I think it's Scent Killer,Autumn Formula.The way I look at it is this-it smells like dirt,it's never worked against me,and it's $5 a bottle.Why not use it?I think the clothing is a scam,atleast for what people pay for it but I spray down before each hunt.I archery hunt and I'll take any possible advantage I can.I also do 98% of my hunting from the ground.It might not work at all for all I know,but it does smell like dirt and I know it's not working against me.In rifle season I usually don't worry about it as much.I may spray down some days but I don't make it a habit like I do in archery.I feel it helps.Of course,you still have to play the wind.But I feel like it cuts down on some scent and that could make or break a hunt.
  12. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    Look You don't need all them fancy HD or 3-d camo crap from mossyoak or real tree. They are so useless it is funny. Deer don't see in color so what the hell does it matter if your camo is HD or not?

    Camo is used to break up your outline. Highlight low areas and mute high areas and you become a big tree to a deer.

    Sent has never been a problem for me. Hell last year I was sitting on a log with a bright yellow backpack eating an apple with nothing more then a camo jacket on that was washed in tide and in a house of two kids two adults and 5 animals. A Deer walked up and looked right at me from 60 yards didn't even see me. She sniffed the Air and started eating. Movement will tip you off before camo or sent will. How the hell did the old timers ever take a deer in a red and black plaid jacket and blue jeans and no sent killer or doe in estrus urin in a bottle?

    For cloths I prefer Natural Gear myself. Still at a distance it is still a blob. Unlike the older Military woodland camo which is in my eyes the best pattern developed for hunting or fighting. You want big irregular blotches of color.
  13. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    1. Hunt the wind.

    2. Deer see in spectrums of UV we don't. Use non-UV brightener, scent eliminator laundry detergent on hunting clothes. Everything including humans can smell your "Bounty".

    3. Hunt the wind.

    4. I hope I did not forget to mention hunting the wind.
  14. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    I don't buy into the scent lock stuff. I do use some body soap and laundry soap that helps remove scent. I typically store all my clothing in a large zip lock bag after washing. The day before a hunt I'll pull it out, spray it with nuetral scent, usually dirt, and allow it to hang outside all night. My boots get sprayed as well and I'll using something like fox pee on the bottoms to cover my walk to the stand.
    I don't know if my methods are perfect but I get a shot at more then one a year so I'm happy.
  15. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

    I don't know if it works or not,but ever since I was a child hunting we were taught to put skunk lure(scent) on a piece of cloth,pin it to the bottom of your pants leg and just go about hunting as usual.
    I have always done it,and most of the time have been sucessful at bagging a deer or two each season I've hunted.

    The main thing is to stay downwind from your game.The wind will bust you faster than moving around.I always try to have a couple different options on where I will hunt on a given place,so I can stay downwind from the game I'm hunting.
  16. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    Scent block? I use Ivory soap, I do wash my clothes in scent/UV free soap. Arm and hammer makes a great one for everyday use. I wear jeans and a wool coat some times, or silence clothe camos others. I can't see a real benefit from either except warmth. Right place, right time. Know your terrain and play the wind. My Adorandack plaid wool coat is great on cold rainy or snowy days.
    I rely on skill and staying warm and comfortable. I always have 2 pair of boots. One stays in my car w/ an extra pair of socks. I track and stalk. Always moving. JP
  17. Bigcat_hunter

    Bigcat_hunter New Member

    I just bask in campfire smoke. Animals smell smoke all the time. It totally covers your scent animals don't seem to spook at all when they smell it. I have had Bull elk walk right through the smoke of a warming fire 20 yards in front of me.

    IGETEVEN New Member

    Indeed, best natural scent mask there is. Works on animals and humans and will stay permeated on you for days. This, along with knowing which way the wind is blowing, try to stay downwind as much as possible, but not necessary.

    Take fragrant leaves or sappy branches from trees, pine is a good one, and rub them all over your clothes and skin as well as using them for camo outline breakup.