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I just finished reading an article on how to cover up your scent. It said that you should build a fire and then let it burn down then collect the ashes and put them in a bag with the cloths you will be hunting with and then shack it until the cloths smell like smoke. They said this would work because most animals are only afraid of fire when they see it not smell it. So I was wondering if this would work or if anyone had any suggestions on ways to cover your scent or if the no scent sprays are the best?
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Well mikemorgan I have never heard of that before but I guess that almost anything that would cover up human scent would be better than nothing. I have in fact read somewhere that staying away from the fire in camp was the preferred method. As for what I use, well there are lots of longleaf and slash pines in the woods I hunt so during preseason scouting I will break me off a nice size branch and strip all the needles off and kinda roll them around in my hands then throw then into an unscented plastic trash bag along with my hunting clothes and seal it up with a twisty tie and keep them inside the bag thru the season only opening the bag to put them on or put them back inside and never wearing them anywhere but in the woods. Then after I exit my truck to head to my stand I'll spray some "Wildlife Research scent killer" on my clothes and then put on my camo coveralls that were stored in the pine needle garbage bag. Then I put on some coon urine(also by Wildlife Research) on my boots for some cover scent. If it is close to or during the rut I'll spray a little "BuckStop Doe In Heat" on my camo coveralls about knee high, this have proven deadly for me several times but usually young bucks. Also I'll take a small amount of pine needles out of my garbage bag and squash em around in my hands after I put on my gloves. Most of my stand locations are in pine trees ao I want to become another branch in that tree. this seems like alot but it is very, very effective for me. Good luck

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I've never heard of that. I always thought of smoke as being a bad scent. I use the human scent killer then I take bar of Tink's #69 solid and rub a little on each boot before heading into the woods. I have also heard of people spraying vanilla as a cover scent, anyone else ever heard of this?

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Yes bnow I have heard of Vanilla being used and used effectively. I actually bought some stuff called "Nilla Killa" before but the bottle said for Hogs and I never really tried it for Deer even though I never saw a Deer while using it for Hogs either. The Hogs would root around the tree I had poured it on but there were already Hogs in the area so I am not sure it was what attracted them to my stand. Here is one I saw on "American Outdoors" TV show a few years back, This hunter had a little bell, like the ones you put on the christmas tree, and he would occasionaly give it a lil tinkle. It showed a nice young 6 pointer come into shooting range looking for the sound of the bell. Anyway I thought that was pretty nifty. I still have yet to try it though.

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I think there may be a shredof science behind that theory (about the ashes) in that charcoal will absorb human odour. I don't think that ashes would have enough to do the trick, but it may reduce it.