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Old 11-15-2010, 03:24 AM
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mac266
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Default Scent control products

I used to be skeptical about these, but after what happened last week I'm convinced they work.

For the first time I took scent control seriously, always having done a half-azzed job of it in the past. I figured hunting with the wind in my face was always the best plan (and it still is), but "any little thing helps." I just didn't believe in it much.

This time I decided to go all-out. I washed my clothes in the scent control detergent, dried them without a dryer sheet, stored them in a scent-free plastic bag, etc. I didn't even put on my hunting clothes in the morning. After showering with their scent-control soap and using their scent-control deoderant, put on street clothes and packed the plastic bag of clothes into my truck. I drove to the hunting spot and then put on my hunting clothes. Then I sprayed myself down with the scent-killer spray.

I put a little estrous doe urine on my boots and hiked in to my hunting spot. I got set up just inside the wood line from a clearing and put a little doe urine on the ground nearby.

After a few hours, I heard, then saw three does moving towards me through the clearing (we were not allowed to shoot does that day, otherwise I would have!). I froze still, knowing that if I spooked them I would lose a chance at any bucks that might be following.

So I sat frozen. They kept coming closer and closer, finally spotting me when they were about 20 yards away. They froze a few seconds, staring at me. When I didn't move, the crept a little closer, then paused to stare at me some more. Closer still, then another pause.

Finally, the youngest of the bunch got excited and started running DIRECTLY TOWARDS ME! It was exciting -- I knew she would break off at the last second because deer are prey animals. They are not aggressive, especially does. So I just kept sitting frozen still.

Yep, she broke off at the last second -- She had gotten so close I could have jumped out of my chair and poked her with my rifle!

The other two came to within about 10 yards, then calmly walked off into the woods.

An hour later a buck pranced to within about 20 yards and I whacked him with my .270

So after all this I'm convinced the scent control products worked. I have never gotten so close to deer without spooking them. In addition, the estrous doe urine must have worked, too. I'm going to keep using both!
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