Joined: 12/15/2009Would like to ask a couple of questions ?
(A) Do you use a cover scent hunting ? yes/no
(B)You buy one / make your own ? buy/make
Thanks for your time & answers
Location: South DakotaA.) Yes , being careful not to smell like a game animal. Too many mountain lions around our state.
B.) Make, I have the opportunity to step in “cow pies” when walking across the pasture to get to my stands. Best I’ve found so far.
Joined: 10/22/2007I use a scent eliminator, but not a cover scent. Used cover scents years ago and noticed deer behavior as they crossed my scent path. I would not say they were alarmed but I would say that they would act concerned. I then switched to scent elimination and could tell a marked difference in their reaction as they would cross where I had walked.
I haven’t tried making my own. I have used Scent-A-Way mostly for years and occasionally something else.Mathews S2 / Copper John 4-pin / QAD HD LD / Worlds Best Strings / 808 Bowslings / Easton BloodlinesScent eliminators, Yes. Cover scent, No. Nothing is as good as working with the wind, change up stands or stalk directions depending on thermals, etc.
I use to use Channel No.5 and it was the best cover scent I’ve ever tried, squirrels and porcupine would not leave me alone, but the wife put a stop to that when she found out and I’m not shilling out that kind of $$.
Scent eliminators should really be called Scent Reducers to be accurate. The most effective scent eliminator/reducer I’ve found, that has a noticeable affect, is Hydrogen Peroxide Mouth wash. Besides brushing/rinsing in the morning before heading off into the woods, I carry a small squeeze bottle in the fanny pack to use every couple of hours or so. Most of your scent originates from your breath.
I’ve used Silver Scent products and would say they were about 70% effective after walking the mile or so into the woods. Its not like the game won’t smell you, I think that their noses are too good for that and too many thermals, but they seem to get into shooting range more often before showing nervousness.
The other ‘eliminator’ that is a must have, is UV Killer. I don’t care what camo pattern you use, if you don’t kill the UV you look like some glowing alien in the woods. I wash all my camo in Sport Wash, check it with a Black Light, and use UV Killer where necessary. Makes a huge difference.
Scent eliminators can’t hurt … but I’ve had game avoid cover scents like fox urine, doe/cow in estrus, etc. Probably too many hunters use the stuff and it doesn’t really replicate the real scent, so it becomes an alarm signal … just my musings on the subject
Location: Upstate NYI do not, but 98% of my hunting is in a semi-residential area. I’ve walked to my stand and watched deer cross my path as if I’d never put a foot down. Just today, I had a doe bedded down up the knoll behind my house about 65 yards out. My wife had never seen a deer bed in the snow, so when she got home from work I took her up there to observe. To my surprise, what I thought would be one bed turned out to be five. We checked out the droppings and headed back to the house. We’re not inside 10 minutes and I look back to see a doe and two fawns headed right to where we were. A yearling and her fawn soon joined them. They paid no attention that we were there just minutes before. Now, if we were out there upwind from them, it would have been a different story.This only proves that deer acclimate to conditions where they feel safe.
Shoot one in the bedding area, and then see what happens, eh?
Deer are very adaptive to hunting pressure, they are also very adaptive to ‘feel safe’ situations.
Joined: 12/15/2009Thanks guys a friend of mine is doing some research and this is helpful.
Location: OhioNo cover scents for me either. I do use a “scent controller” called Carbon Synergy.All We Do Is SELFILMED
Joined: 5/30/2010i dont. i dont use anything.
i really have to rely on wind direction. 90% of my hunts i am packing in or hiking alot from a truck camp. no amount of scent eliminator or scent cover will make me smell less “manly”.
my recent hunt..i got caught up in some swirly wind action and i smelled myself..after 4 – 80 degree days of hard hiking..phoosh..
i boiled water and poured it into a water bottle and did myself a proper “agricultural” shower. glad nobody walked up one me in the bushes..it felt awesome. glad i was hunting solo that portion. some things seen, cannot be unseen
Joined: 2/25/2009I do not believe cover scents actually “cover” anything. Look at it this way. A deer nose is much, much , much more sensitive than a humans. Walk in to an Italian restaurant and take a whiff. Can you can smell garlic, oregano, at one time cigarettes and even the Hostess’s perfume? What makes you think the “covert scent” you use covers any other smell. They just smell that too. But what do I know? I can only smell with my nose.I hunt and guide in northern Ont.Can. best bar none cover scent I use is beaver castor,., Since I am always around water systems the smell is very natural for all the big game species. Been using it successfully for over 30 years. Fun fact,, beaver castor is used for a base in very exspensive perfume,., like Chanel #5, go figger
Joined: 6/22/2004It all depends on what I have eaten the night before. Sometimes cover scent just ‘happens’.
Location: WVI use Scent A Way spray and I keep my clothes in a storage bag with a Fresh Earth Scent Wafer.70 lb Left Hand Mathews HTR set at 63 lbs. 29 inch draw 28 inch Beman ICS Hunter 340 at 412 grains 100 Grain Rocket Steelhead (old stock) Shooting 273 fps avg after 8 chrono
Location: LouisianaHmm, I been wasting a lot of $ on this stuff it seems. I always try to use the wind but only so many stands usually available. Will be doing a little different this year with the bow. This is a great topic. CCTotally Lost Mathews Creed 70/28, Spot Hogg Hunter 3 Pin Sight, QAD Ultra HDX Rest, T-5 Mathews Quiver, Axion 3" Stabilizer, TRU-Ball ReleaseBy far the best method I have found is to wash all hunting garments in a scent free detergent and hang outside to dry, and do this at least every other hunt and keep all gear in a sealed container. Shower in scent free soap and shampoo before hunting. Change when you get to your hunting spot, outside of you vehicle, and use scent eliminating spray as you dress. And always use the wind!! Hunt smart!!"I hunt there fore I am, harvest the land, taking of the fallen lamb"
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