I'm gonna wash my bowhunting clothes in scent free detergent.. Should I dry them in the drier or let them dry outside?????Does the drier affect the clothes with scent at all??? I'm not sure how long they'll take to dry if they're outside tho...
Hey DeerAddict what part of Indiana? I hunt in northern White County area.
You hit a hot button topic for sure.
For what its worth here is my opinions and/or suggestion(s).
I wash my clothes in scent free detergent. No particular brand, just whatever is cheapest at Wally World. I use scent free products like arm and hammer from the health isles at Walley World. Again whatever I can find on sale or cheap. Seems to work. I let my clothes air dry outside. I also buy several changes of clothes, again whatever is cheapest from wherever. Camo is camo. Helps breakup the outline, but I have hunted successfully in plain brown carhartt and/or blue jeans and plaid shirt.
My way of thinking is the best cover scent in the world is what the deer expect to smell.
Anyway on way to stand I usually pick some fresh vegetation in the area I hunt and put in my pockets. Leaves, etc. Use that as my cover scent since the deer are used to it. Most important of all hunt the wind direction and pick your location based on that. There is never any guarantee. If you sweat in the clothes change out and wash and repeat letting them air dry especially now that the combines are kicking up dust and debrie from the fields. Tends to help scent and/or de-scent naturally. Sunshine kills bacteria and the morning dew helps further wash. I even let them hang in the rain...
I take an apple with me to get rid of human breath as best I can and it is cheap and nutritious. Plus tie it to a string and hang or let it sit in the bottom of the stand after eating. It is another natural way to cover scent or possibly entice a deer closer. It is what the deer smell in their world normally.
I avoid getting gas or stopping at places (if possible) on my way into the woods. I don't smoke.
I used to be a "buy the latest scent" and "For Hunting Only" stuff type of hunter. I had a hard core scent regiment as well. Frankly now that I don't worry about it as much I don't see any difference in how many deer I see one way or the other . I have been busted by downwind deer either way. On the flip side I have had deer come in from downwind and not seem bothered I was there. More curious than anything else. Now when they saw me move it made them jumpy. It is really up to the deer.
Just use some common sense. My thought on gear is If a product keeps you comfortable it is proabaly worht buying and hey if it keeps your scent down all the better. If you can't stay in the stand or in the field you can't kill 'em.