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Old 07-20-2005, 06:42 PM
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Hey All ,

Well got a question !
What about the scent - free hunting ?
Tell me what kind of products yall use too get too the scent-free ?
I will tell you mine !

I wash my camo in a scent free wash , then take them out mix a box of bakin soda in a 5 gallon bucket of water and put the camo in a leave for 3 hours , come back and let it hang dry till dry ! Then put in aair tight cont. with 12 Fresh Earth scent waffers and wait till i'm ready too Hunt ! Also I take a bath with scent free soap !Also i heard that some of them scent sparys had a active ingrd. that was harmful too humans ? anyone heard this , freaked me out cause i use it all the time when hunting and wipe my hands off in it before enterin the woods ! Just thought i let yall in on that info ! Is their anytruth too this if so i think i'll be stoppin usin them ASAP.

Also any reciepes for a good workin scent elimnator with no thing in it harmful too humans ? Let me if ya can break from your secert scent brew !

All Replys welcome !

Thanks Alot,

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Old 07-20-2005, 08:35 PM
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well i wash my hunting clothes and everything in a scent free/uv killing detergent then hang it up outside to dry. i then put on some rubber gloves to put them into an air tight bag. the night before i then take the clothes out spray them down with a ton of fresh earth spray. i just wash regularly the night before. i spray every other item of clothes including my socks and boxers with the spray then go on about my business.
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Old 07-21-2005, 07:53 AM
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I hunt the wind, that's all.
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Old 07-21-2005, 12:33 PM
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ORIGINAL: timbercruiser

I hunt the wind, that's all.
You said it all right there...I couldn't agree more.

Sometimes, I honestly wonder..... if more hunters did that instead of trying all the new (nothing wrong with them if used right) products that are on the market today....... if they wouldn't be more successful.
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Old 07-21-2005, 02:34 PM
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Of course, hunting the wind is the primary way to avoid detection. However, it doesn't hurt, and may help, to take some extra precautions for when the wind shifts, or when a buck comes at you from the wrong direction.

I don't think it is possible to eliminate human scent completely, but I believe you can reduce it significantly with most of the commercial scent reduction products. I alsobelieve that if a deer that has been exposed to human odor before gets a verystrong whiff of you, it is more likely to be interpreted asthreatening than a very fait whiff would be. I say this because I have seen deer wandering unconcerned only 50-100 yards from roads that carry human traffic and, therefore, human scent.

I have always used scent control products because many of the modern ones use enzymes and other compounds to prevent microbial growth, as well as agents to absorb odors. I am fanatical about it. I shower, shampoo, and use body deoderant before every hunt. I wash my clothes in scent free and UV killing detergent before every hunt. I use scent wafers to store my clothes and boots. I spray my clothes, boots, bow, treestand,arrows and everything else I take into the woods with scent killing spray.I particularly like Xscent, but that is a personal preference. They also make a spray with colloidal silver in it. I wear a Shannon BugTamer suit with Contain. I keep my boots in a plastic container until I am ready to leave the truck. I have a seatcover on my driver seat that I also spray with a scent control spray. Whatever I can think of, I do. It also helps to hunt from a stand and to be higher up a tree so that the thermals carry your scent up and dilute it even further.

I know that these products and tactics work because I have watched groups of does, and the occasional buck,walk and browse 20 yards directly downwind (in a 5-10 mph breeze) of where I was on many occasions without noticing me. So I will keep using them because, while they are not cheap (especially in the quantities I use them in) I believe they improve my chances. That's an advantage I am not willing to give up lightly.

P.S. I don't pee from my stand either.
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Old 07-21-2005, 03:06 PM
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I don’t know if you folks feed/bait the deer year round or, up to one to two weeks until hunting season. In states that require ending deer feeding/baiting prior to hunting season, I would suggest every time to go out to feed the deer, use your favorite after shave lotion or cologne while feeding. The deer will become accustomed to this sent every time you go out to feed the deer. When you set up your ground blind or tree stand, feed the deer with your favorite after shave lotion or cologne.

When and if your state regulations, state the end of feeding, continue using your your favorite after shave lotion or cologne while hunting. The deer will be attracted to your sent as if you were placing out the food. You don’t need cover up sent. This has worked for me in NYS and also now in West Virginia where I live.

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Also, peeing under my stand has no effect on the deer either.
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Old 07-21-2005, 03:37 PM
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Baking Soda! Cheap and good!
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Old 07-21-2005, 04:15 PM
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Old 07-21-2005, 04:25 PM
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How about luck? No, but seriously does baking soda really work? If so, about how long should your durations be in between washes? I just don't understand why scent control is THAT important because there's been mornings during shotgun season that I've been in camp and not showered for 3 days, worn my camo around guys that smoke, eat, etc. and I've had does walking around without a care in the world all around and right underneath my stand for several minutes on end. My shotgun stand is no more than 13 feet off the ground either. I'm sure it helps, but I don't see myself purchasing Scent-Lok clothing anytime soon.
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Old 07-21-2005, 05:39 PM
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i wash my clothes in scent/uv free detergent, then wrap them in plastic and toss them in a storage bind (about 2'x2'x3') until im ready to go. I also use doe urine/doe in heat on the bottoms of the pant leg during the rut, and fox urine or something of that nature on/around the stand.
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