Ground blind scent killer

Discussion in 'Bowhunting' started by wildcat westerner, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. wildcat westerner

    wildcat westerner Well-Known Member

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    Hello,
    A rather unique opportunity has come my way to hunt Mule deer on a desert plateau, with much more cover than on the desert floor, and a permanent water hole.

    I am not current with regard to scents and scent killing items. I plan to be utilizing this blind, as if I were Antelope hunting. That means In before sunup and leaving after sundown to go off the Mesa. I would really appreciate it to gain some useful knowledge on what works, long term amongst all those items on the market, especially in the arid,elevated Southwest.

    Thank You,

    Wildcatwesterner
     
  2. FlGunner

    FlGunner Well-Known Member

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    I don't believe any of them are 100% but I do have a system that I do to keep my scent down or controlled (lack of a better way to say it). I know hunting the correct wind is always best, but here in Florida it swirls, changes directions, and it's hot.... Especially in bow season. I use Dead Down Wind products in conjunction with Scent Lok clothing. I wash and dry using DDW detergent that is unscented and dry with their dryer sheets. Then I try and be easy getting in to set up and use their field spray. Nothing is 100% regardless of marketing, but I think it helps and some may disagree but hey sometimes luck gets you more bucks than skill. I believe hunting our deer is harder than anywhere else I've been (hot/warm weather, deer are constantly pressured, and way more predators than you can imagine). Think I'd what works for me and I rarely get winded or hear deer blowing. I've had them straight down wind and never pick their head up.
     
  3. FlGunner

    FlGunner Well-Known Member

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    I'd also add that if you're using a blind, try and conceal it with some natural cover to keep it from just standing out. Tucking it in cover with help with that given the area you're hunting will allow that. Good luck, and I hope you get a big one.
     
  4. wildcat westerner

    wildcat westerner Well-Known Member

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    Hello ,

    Dead down wind and scent look are all new to me. The humidity and heat you mention simply do not exist in thishigh and dry environment, except when Antelope hunting. However, these products are a good starting point. Has anyone used these products in the arid Southwest?

    Thanks,

    W W
     
  5. FlGunner

    FlGunner Well-Known Member

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    That's correct on
    That's correct on the heat and humidity. What I was getting at is it seems to be effective here where I hunt so I would think it would do just as well there. It's easy to be soaking wet with sweat from the heat and high humidity and you then would be putting off a ton of scent. So being it's more arid and dry up there I believe they'll do fine. Scent Lok is just a clothing brand. They make carbon lined garments that's supposed to help with absorbing outdoor. I've hunted Montana, Ohio, Illinois, and alot of the southern States and never seem to have trouble with deer winding me. It could be that they have and I haven't seen them or that they did and didn't care.
     
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  8. FlGunner

    FlGunner Well-Known Member

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    Interesting article but it's nothing really in my opinion that fully discredits scent control measures. I say that as someone who has for many years worked a dog in law enforcement. We used blood hounds and beagles for man tracking exclusively. A dog does not use one individual scent to locate a person. They however use all types of scent. Broken foilage, ground disturbances, whatever might be unique to that they're tracking. So yes, in a test on a hunter spraying their boots and clothing and hiding, our dogs would have found you 100% of the time regardless of the handler (unless the handler deliberately stopped them). We have laid tracks and let them age over 24 hrs and still been able to 100% confirm the dog was right and we made catch. A deer however, learns to associate things with danger and once that happens they'll key on it. That's why I believe some of scent control products are pure bs and some do help. There's no guarantee. But I don't think that someone can use the example of a dog finding someone and say the other side is all wrong. Because they only tell half of the story about what the dog is truely trailing on. It's not 100% odor of the person. I was in with our k-9 program for 6 straight years and can tell you there's more to finding someone than just they're personal scent. Whether it be in the woods, on asphalt, or on concrete. But none the less it was a good read... But I think it's a lil missis leading.
     
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  9. Jr1972

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    I use a mix of essential oils that are found in my area. Mainly acorn, pine and corn. I also use them in my totes that hold my clothes. I also wash my clothes and shower with scent free hunting products. Had very good luck
     
  10. Deputy819

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    Completely agree with you. I was a dual purpose K-9 handler for 3 years and only resigned because our courts stopped prosecuting the cases I cranked out that were executed PER THE SUPREME COURT RULEBOOK. But, that's another story..... I still try to keep my clothing as scent free as possible, but I hunt the wind more now than anything.
     
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  11. FlGunner

    FlGunner Well-Known Member

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    The wind is your best friend and worst enemy lol
     
  12. Deputy819

    Deputy819 Well-Known Member

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    Truer words were never spoken!!
     
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  13. Hunt1NM

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    Always throw dirt around the inside of the blind and sage brush around the outside...get your blind up a few days before the hunt and they'll get used to it.
     
  14. cheechin

    cheechin Well-Known Member

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    Forget about scent killers, those things are out there to get your Money, Play the wind and you'll be fine.