flag155 wrote:i dont have a tree stand or blind but i am planning on getting a tree stand. i almost always forgot about scent cover but it will not happen this year. i have a mineral site out were i saw the sign and all that is left now is a pretty decent hole. i uese i will pay more attention to the wind and scent control. i will also get me a tree stand. how would you guys go about putting a trail cam on a hill side?
Rather than scent cover, you want to be as scent-free as possible. Clothes should be washed in deer hunters soap or at a minimum, a scent-free laundry detergent. Store clothes in a scent-free location and hang them in the fresh air as often as possible. Wash yourself with scent free soap, either deer hunters soap or as I have done in the past, use a little scent-free laundry detergent. Spray yourself with a scent-killer type product - this is an odor free product. Then, as an option, you can store your clothes with pine boughs or foliage native to your hunting area to give them a natural (but not attention drawing) scent. Hunt downwind from your trail. Many if not most will say the best scent on yourself is no scent. But some scent from natural foliage will not ever hurt you IMHO.
I do not like "cover" scents that are applied to your blind or stand that have deer scent in them as they will quickly allow a deer to zero in on you, especially if you are hunting from a ground blind. I have used EverCalm which has deer scent, and have found it to work, but found it best to be applied away from my blind with extra care (double bagged in plastic) to keep any trace off one's self. Last year I had a huge buck sneak up on me twice when I had some of this product on my blind - both times it seemed to know exactly where I was - and when a large mature buck is staring at you 20 ft away, you ain't gonna breath twice much less pull a bow back! I am not a fan of other "cover" scents like spray products of corn, acorns, earth, etc. although other hunters might have had some success.
You can use other attractant scents with deer urine, scent gland, etc, but you should research them thoroughly first. And again, apply away from your stand, not on your stand or self.