Post by striperjohn on Nov 19, 2015 6:23:42 GMT -5
You have to dig deep on the internet, but look around and you can find tests that show that none of the "cover Scents" work. One study a guy did with tracking dogs (whose nose is about 1/2 as good as a deer). He had people wearing all types of scent locker clothing, scents, cover scents you name it. Some he did over three to four days time. Had people riding atvs away from the main location. Each and every time the dogs found them. He didn't allow any pre-scenting of the dogs, allowing them to smell the test subject first. I have friends that own scentlocker from underwear to heavy coats, soap, shampoos, toothpaste and yes even breath mints. They claim they never get "busted" something else spooked the deer. LOL. I am as successful as they are year after year. I am sure the clothing and scent makers do everything in their power to shut down the results of tests like this, but look around they're out there. Sort of like the 100 mpg carb, its been made numerous times only to have it's design purchased by GM or Exxon etc. I hunt downwind, use no scents anymore after reading these things and still do quite good. I place stands in different locations to cover and area then dependent upon wind direction I set in the best stand for that wind direction. Just my 2 cents.
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Post by Happy Camper on Nov 19, 2015 7:18:26 GMT -5
I tend to agree with ya John,i've allways used a half box of arm and hammer baking soda to wash my clothes.my point is the sprays are about 8 bucks a bottle,to make this it's less than two and I've always figured they were mostly baking soda. I too have more than one stand at my best locations and hunt by wind direction as I only hunt my familys farm that I live on and most stands haven't been moved in years.Kind of like fishing stuff designed to catch fishermen I guess,Like I said seeing no difference in whats bought off the shelf that I started buying to in my mind help after work when I didn't have time to shower. Buck and does have been playing cat and mouse hard the last few days here.
Post by smlfishing on Nov 19, 2015 10:14:02 GMT -5
I have friends who make cover scent out of vanilla extract. They have used it for years with good success. I have to agree with John and Happy no amount of scent killer will help you if you hunt with the wind in the wrong direction but if you follow the basic who so say it would not give you a slight edge.
I believe that keeping your hunting clothes clean is more about not contaminating your stand area. Smelly clothes against a bush or branch on the way to the stand. Even the tree your climbing. If your up wind of and old doe or big buck their going to smell you. Hunting down wind is the best way to go. Good luck fellas