Any regular visitors to this form know there is a divide regarding the importance of scent control and the use of scent control aids. You may also know me as one of the scent control freaks. I've long given up on trying to convince anyone that my way is the right way. The truth is that many hunters kill big deer without much regard to scent at all. All I can say is that for me, hunting small properties with the goal of killing older bucks and lots of does, I consider it to be essential. So for those who are interested, I'd like to offer a little update on some things that I have changed and how it is working out.
To start off you should know that if it is out there as a scent control tactic, I've probably tried it. Some things have stuck for me and some things have not because they did not appear to be worth the effort. It is all trial and error. I make small changes each season and evaluate how hard they are to implement and how they have effected success.
This year I have dropped more from my routine than I have added, but I have had more success dodging deer's noses than I have for several seasons! Here are the changes I have made and a little about them:
[color="#000000"]I added TRU-Carbon h20: [/color][color="#000000"]This is an activated carbon dip that you soak your clothing in, with the idea of creating your own scent blocking suit. Thanks for the advice, Marc![/color] I started by soaking all of my outer garments but I have since washed it out of my hats and face covers. It makes a horrible mess, but I think it works!
I'm less reliant on my Scentlok shell: My scentlok shell has no insulation properties so I have only worn it on warmer sets. On cold days I've been using my gortex rain suit as my outer layer. I've had deer pick my off in Scentlok and I've had them directly downwind in gortex and have gotten away with it.
I dropped the pee bottle: I went to a new vest and ran out of pockets. Something had to go, so I decided I'd risk peeing freely. I've seen deer walk right through it three times. Twice it produced some nervousness but not general flight and once it did not seem to matter at all. What has been obvious is that deer have to stand right in it before they react at all. I may try Shaman's funnel and hose some time to control where it goes, but I'm done with the bottle.
I've backed off on the chlorophyll: Last year I used the pills but this year I picked up a 32oz. bottle of pure liquid and overdosed myself. I'll spare you the details but this is NOT something you want to do! I had to go off it for a while in order to leave the house and it did not seem to matter.
This has been my most successful bow season ever and I have been pretty much undetected (with a few exceptions). I still do a lot of other kooky scent control things such as sit on plastic seat covers and dressing in the field but as I said, I've dropped more than I've added. So what gives? Well as much as the TRUCarbon folk would probably like me to give them the credit, they haven't cut me a check yet. My honest assessment of why my scent control has worked so well is that we have had a lot of dry air this fall. Yep, I think the combination of meticulous scent control, low humidity, and blind luck have allowed me to arrow six deer this year...so far.