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Old 12-31-2008, 06:57 PM   #1
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I've been hunting deer for 4 or 5 years now. Never gotten really crazy about it; I still just roll with the trusty .35 Remington from my Pa, and just go sit in the woods and wait.

Well, a couple days ago, I went to my mom's house (where I hunt, she's got some land in the woods at the base of a mountain) and went out around 6:30am. I spooked a few deer, but it was too early to shoot, as the sun was still down. I waited another couple hours, but saw nothing. Now, realize that she has a TON of deer, you see them all the time all around her property, and I've killed plenty). Anyway, I went looking around, and found a few places where I know they like to hang out, and their trails were littered with scat (right on the edge of a power company cleared swath), and decided to build my treestand there.

After about 4 hours trudging back and forth from the house, and a lot of hard manual labor, the stand was built, and I went out yesterday morning at 5:30, hoping to beat them to the spot. I sat motionless in the stand, and about half an hour later (still pitch black dark), I heard them in their "spot" just off the clearing. They started huffing and hissing, and ran off---like they usually do when I spook them.

Now, given that I had not made a move or a sound in over 30 minutes, the only thing I can think of is that they smelled me. The wind was pretty high yesterday, and it was moving in different directions every 5 minutes. From what I understand, their sense of smell is 100 times greater than ours...and if they get a strong smell of a human, they'll get spooked pretty easily.

So, I'm done for this year (sadly, only one kill), but for next year, I really want to look into masking my scent more actively. I read a few things...wash your clothes with special detergent, wash your body with special soap, get scent-lok gear, brush your teeth with baking soda before the hunt, spray yourself with scent neutralizer, etc.

So, my question is, what works, what's necessary, what's the best?

Thanks in advance...

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I have never put alot of effort into the scent blocking unless I am bow hunting. And even then I dont go to the lengths of brushing with soda or anything to that extreme.

I have a scent-lok jacket but thats about it. I have only cause I couldn't find the jacket I liked without it.

I do however put my stand typically up-wind of prevailing patterns. I also use some OTHER scent that may mask mine rather than trying to not have a scent at all. i.e. Put out a doe in heat, buck rut, or non-predator scent. Depending on the time of year these either act as an attractor or just a scent that is stronger than yours.

I have never washed clothes so I can't attest to the success of those products.

I think one tool that may give you more insight is a trail cam and pay attention to the time stamp. They typically travel to designated areas at certain times of day for bedding or feeding. Then position your self so they are traveling into you at the corresponding time of day. This has proven more effective than trying to mask scents. Their desire to get where they are going will likely work in your favor.

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scent-lok gear is the best! I usually wash my hunting clothes with only water and line dry. Otherwise some spent dryer sheet smell might leach on. The just use a non scented soap. I got a nice 8 pointer this am and between that and the doe earlier in the season I will be in venison for a while.

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Old 12-31-2008, 08:11 PM   #4
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I use old military clothes, bathe with a neutral unscented soap (like Ivory) for a few days prior, The best method I've found for Bow hunting is burn a cowpie or other non meat eating animal poop and let the smoke saturate your outerwear. That will not only mask any dryer sheet/detergent smells but blend your smell. (Very old trick taught to me by my great uncle from before the days of scent-lok gear and sprays).

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so I should...expose my...clothes...to...poopsmoke...um, can't I just buy some spray?

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Personally, I've always taken a shower with baking soda and brushed with baking soda just before going out. When I wash my gear I wash with baking soda also. I've never really had problems with deer bow or gun. I dont know what else works.

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Well, to be fair, I've never had this problem before, so I think it might just be the fact that I spent 4 hours going back and forth on their game trail, lugging lumber up and down the mountain.

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Spray scent killers work well.

I wash clothes in scent killing detergent, and then store in a airtight bag. A week before going out, I add a pine branch or two to the bag.

I have had elk walk past me at 5 yards during bow season.

Save the poop smoke for special occasions

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Spray scent killers work well.

I wash clothes in scent killing detergent, and then store in a airtight bag. A week before going out, I add a pine branch or two to the bag.

I have had elk walk past me at 5 yards during bow season.

Save the poop smoke for special occasions
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Hunting is my passion, beer a close second. OK, well... maybe family is first, hunting second, beer third.

Or maybe hunting for beer with my family... or...

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