Have you fallen for all the scent prevention etc

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MHO, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    Just food for thought. I use a lot of the scent lok clothing, boots, spray etc. I am one of those if I think it can increase the odds just a little I want it. Had an old hunting buddy of my older brothers, very seasoned and accomplished hunter ask me on a hunt as I was standing there with all my garb on, do I think this stuff works with a big grin on his face. I laughed and said yes I think it helps. He replied White tail can smell acorns a half a mile away. You dont think there gonna smell you. lol. Then three years ago out east, my best buddy was with me on a wt hunt eastern plains archery. We were set up in a creek bottom and had made a blind along a blow down. had several does pass us and about ten thirty we were getting ready to leave. It was the last time we were hunting out there and my buddy as we were standing up lit a cigarette. We looked to our east and three bucks were coming down the creek bed. They passed downwind(to small to shoot, small forkeys and a six point) of us and never raised their heads. I believe the stuff works but do you think it works as advertised. Again just food for thought. My personal opinion is I think it helps some bust not like a lot of people you see that gets carried away with it. I still think playing the wind is the most crucial aspect.
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Having hunted over 50 years I have tried every thing known to man and the results were
    no different than without it.

    Wild game make there living with there nose and it is Hundreds of times better than ours
    and I have to assume that they can seperate out the different scents and decide which is a
    danger to them and which is not.

    Like you, I play the wind and sometimes they come from down wind and don't seem to notice
    and at other times I have seen them spook at 800 to 1000 yards with no chance of seeing me.

    The only thing that seems to help noticeably is the use of the tent type ground blinds while
    on the ground. They seem to keep your human scent inside .

    But if it makes you more confident then by all means use them.

    If you will notice most guides don't use scents or camo and they have to put you on the game
    or they don't last long. They rely on skill of the stalk and scouting and also know the game well.

    It is free enterprise at its best and lots of money has been made sooooo.

    Just my opinion.


  3. HighKnob

    HighKnob Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    There's a good article in Field and Stream this issue about scent control. They did some tests with a drug dog and they couldn't hinder him finding them no matter what products they used.

    What I always tell people that ask me is " a hound can tell the freshest track from a trail several hours old within just a few feet. Otherwise he'd be running a back trail as much as the right one. How can you defeat that. You can't!!

    Hunt the wind.
  4. ken snyder

    ken snyder Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Smelling like Bacon, Eggs and Chain saw bar oil seems to draw em in like love potion #9. Ask any Logger with a severe case of gas and hangover breath if smell matters. Its 100% percent wind direction and scent pooling. And ya can't cover up the smell of liver and onions with air fresheners either!
  5. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    LOL. I agree.
  6. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    I couldn't have put it any better than Mr. Snyder, haha. Scent pooling, etc.
    I grew up in a logging , & ranching family, & the products pushed on the general public seem a bit far fetched. Filson wax, Bar oil, diesel, grease, etc all work fine :D but then again if you believe in it go for it. Any extra effort can't hurt anything but your pocket book.
  7. eaglesnester

    eaglesnester Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2007
    shoven a stick of charcoal up where the sun don't shine will work just as good. Only problem is when you go to buy camo most of it is equipped with the charcoal nonsence. I have gone to Swiss Army wool trousers and wool shirts along with a heavy parka and cheap fleece camo extra large over the parka to quiet things down in the bush.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  8. RDM416

    RDM416 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Activated charcoal is like a bunch of tiny sponge and will absorb odors. Problem is, it absorbs any and all odors until it gets full like a sponge full of water. Oh yeah, I forgot, you can activate it in your dryer........ Wrong. Activated charcoal is re-activated at 850 degrees F. Your dryer at 150 d/f does NOTHING. In conclusion; your charcoal suit is already FULL when you get it, and cannot be re-activated without destroying the garment.
  9. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    I'm 100% with JE on this one. agree with Winmag too.

    Now that I'm shooting over into a different drainage, who.....cares!
  10. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    I use the scent killer spray because they work (to a point), but not the way most people would think. Sometimes I may be in the field for several days on end and don't carry several days worth of underclothes or get to shower while in a hide. I spray my underwear, undershirts, and socks with the stuff and after it dries put it in a vacuum bag and stick it in my ruck. Trust me, after a couple/few days in the summer heat I don't smell half as bad as the other fellas. I may not smell pleasant but I won't smell like soured a$$. It at least works enough to fool my nose. A deer...probably not. A dog...wouldn't bet my safety on it, there are other deterents for that.
  11. LawShark

    LawShark Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Scent control helps control your order to acceptable levels for game. It doesnt make you stop stinky or even from being smelled just less of it.
  12. Pons

    Pons Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2011
  13. Loner

    Loner Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2010
    There is only one determining factor that sets very successful hunters and fisherman
    apart from the rest; Time in the field. Nothing can replace it imho.
  14. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Speaking of coyotes only here;

    I once tried the scent killer spray for a few seasons, sprayed it on all of my camo clothing. I also put out skunk essence (extremely strong stuff) on each side of me when calling. I also tried spraying my hat and boots with coyote urine before each set.

    Long story short, when the coyotes got downwind and the scent coming from me was close enough to the ground for them to smell..........they still smelled me and left the scene. They left just as fast as they did when I smoked cigarettes and didn't even bother trying to cover my scent.

    I don't believe any amount of scent killer/cover scent will help us much around canines.