See, this is where I always have to sit back and scratch my head.
On the one hand, we all go out and get obviously smelly rubber boots. Then we spray them with scent killer sprays. They still stink, but we go and hunt with them anyway. We kill deer, the boots still reek. We keep buying the scent killer, never thinking that what we have is a serious case of Elephant Repellent on our hands.
You know, Elephant Repellent. You spray it all over your yard to keep the elephants away. There are no elephants around-- well, duh! Of course, the Elephant Repellent is highly effective. Think what it'd be like if we weren't spraying-- we'd be up to our eyeballs in elephants!
Now, mind you. I hunt with rubber boots early in the season. I have a pair of LaCrosse Bowhunters that I purchased back in 1995. They're still going strong. They still smell like the inside of a tire store after all these years. I used to scratch my head wondering why deer didn't run from the stink, but I gave up.
About 5 years ago, I gave up on wearing my late season insulated LL Bean boots-- they were making my Muldar's Neuroma act up. I got a good pair of Browning insulated leather boots. The deer never minded that they smelled like a tannery. No scent killer. No sodium bicarb. All I did was melt beeswax on them to give them a good natural water proofing. It's been 5 years now. I've bagged the two biggest deer of my life in the meanwhile. I've also had 10 deer under my stand in a single morning. Either my deer are absolutely insensate or . . .
. . .No! Don't even think of it! I'm not saying beeswax is the way to keep from deer smelling your stinky feet. What I'm saying is this:
The Emperor is running around buck-naked.
The Elephant Repellent is a sham.
The bacon is frying, the coffee is boiling.
It is time we hunters all come down for breakfast and stop the madness.
Wash your clothes in a little sodium bicarb, and put them in a bag and try not to spill gasoline on them and go have a nice life!!! Talk to your local chemical supply or food distributor. 80 lb sacks of the stuff go for pennies a pound. It'll last you several seasons.