30 minutes on scent control…I don’t care if you’re a first time hunter or a seasoned veteran, you NEED to set aside 30 minutes and listen to this Wired To Hunt podcast. As many of you know I am a HUGE fan of Wired To Hunt. Mark Kenyon is on of the most knowledge hunters (and a Michigan hunter at that) in today’s media, and he recently paired up with Matt and Mark Drury (two other top hunting icons) to discuss on of my favorite topics: SCENT CONTROL.
This 30 minute 100% Wild episode on scent control could be the most valuable 30 minutes of your entire season. LISTEN TO IT! We’ll then break down this podcast and give you a few links in case YOU want to try a similar scent control regiment.
51: 100% Wild Podcast #25: Deer Hunting Scent Control Strategies with Mark Drury http://wiredtohunt.com/100percentwild/
Alright, you’ve listened to the podcast. Let’s outline a few key concepts and products!
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Scent-A-Way Products from Hunter’s Specialties
For those new to scent control, at a BARE, BARE minimum you should be spraying ALL your gear down with scent eliminating spray before each hunt. BARE MINIMUM.
Several years ago I read an article written by a high school biology teacher who did an experiment to see which scent elimination spray worked best. This individual had multiple dishes of odor causing bacteria which he sprayed with the leading scent elimination sprays to see which one killed the most bacteria. I don’t remember all the details from the experiment…but I do remember that Scent-A-Way Spray was #1, killing the most bacteria.
I’ve been using Scent-A-Way spray ever since I found that article and knowing that Mark Kenyon uses the same spray gives me even more confidence in it. Hunter’s Specialties makes all kinds of scent elimination products (shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent, etc). This stuff is not expensive and can be found just about anywhere hunting gear is sold. Go get some!
Scent Crusher – Ozone Generator
Scent Crusher is the leading company in Ozone generating storage. Their bags, totes and closets allow you to decontaminate your hunting clothes in a matter of minutes, rendering them completely scent free. Ozone technology is fairly new to the hunting industry, however companies like Scent Crusher are getting a lot of attention because their products work.
Ozone works by killing the bacteria that causes odor. Ozone generators have been around for quite a while in the commercial industries and have been used to kill things like mold and mildew or to remove the smell of cigarette smoke from a house or room. With the hunting industry capitalizing on ozone technology, companies like Scent Crusher are poised to revolutionize the way every hunter controls their scent.
However, these things are pricey. I know, its tough to justify $200 for camo storage bag. BUT, I can almost guarantee you that $200 spent towards scent control will be WAYYYYY more beneficial than $200 towards a new gun or bow. It’s a worthwhile investment.
Ozonics – In-the-field Ozone Generator
You may have heard or seen Ozonics if you’re in tune with the hunting industry. These guys have been around for a little while now and were the first company (that I know of) to introduced ozone technology to the hunting industry.
Ozonics uses the same ozone generating technology as Scent Crusher, except Ozonics is an in-the-field unit. You run it while you hunt. You position the unit in your blind or treestand so that your scent is covered or intercepted by a blanket of ozone. And just like Scent Crusher, Ozonics works.
However, just like Scent Crusher, these units are expensive. You also have to pay careful attention to the wind when using Ozonics to ensure the direction of your scent is always blanketed by ozone. If the wind shifts, so will the position of your Ozonics.
Personally, I would invest in a Scent Crusher storage unit before purchasing an Ozonics unit. I think being scent free before you enter to woods is more important than continued scent elimination during a hunt.
Nose Jammer Cover Scent
To be perfectly honest with you, I’ve never used this. But I continue to hear of more and more hunters utilizing Nose Jammer as a cover scent and having success doing so.
Nose Jammer is a very strong, vanilla cover scent. Vanilla is a natural scent in the woods, and the concept behind Nose Jammer is to overload/distract a deer’s nose by “jamming” it with the smell of vanilla. If a deer’s nose is overloaded by the vanilla smell, it won’t pick up human odor.
I really like the idea of using Nose Jammer on your hunting boots to cover your scent, just like Mark and Matt discussed in the podcast. I don’t like the idea of spraying this stuff all over and smelling like a cookie factory in the woods. I’ll be giving Nose Jammer a try this season, I think you should too!
Scent control is without a doubt THE most important aspect of deer hunting. A quality scent control regiment is critical to success and deer hunters of all experience levels should take a few minutes to reevaluate their current scent control strategy. I hope you enjoyed the Wired To Hunt podcast and learned something new from this post. Good luck this fall and don’t be a stinky hunter!