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There are all these cover scents and carbon suits and such out on the market and I have tried a few but I was wanting to know which cover scent or scent eliminator was the best and preferably not to bad on my pocket either.

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always make sure you're downwind. thats the safest and most reliable. other than that, i believe it was either outdoor life or field and stream's august issue hade a formula for a homemade scent eliminator.

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I agree with hesseu, Stay downwind Thumbs up Even though I try to cover my scent with detergents, sprays, wafers, special clothing , I don't think you can completely hide your scent. Maybe weaken it but not eliminate it. I also will rub against cedar trees and step in a cow pie on my way to the stand, it's free!
PLAY THE WIND Yes

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always make sure you're downwind. thats the safest and most reliable. other than that, i believe it was either outdoor life or field and stream's august issue hade a formula for a homemade scent eliminator.

Agreed, downwind is the best cover. I hunt form a tree stand usually and I hunt pretty high, I also use a lot of Fox pee, and I mean a lot. I buy it in bulk and put it in sprizter bottles. In a mist you can get a lot of coverage and I use a lot. I have had deer down wind of me many times and they didn't even act like I was there. I spray it all over the bottoms and tops of my boots and on the lower extremities of my pants legs. Then I spray it at the base of my tree and when I get in my stand I spray it all over my stands and on any limbs and leaves that is in reach of my stand. Works for me. I am not a full believer in scent blocker/s.

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Scent falls off you like a fog machine, from every part of your body, drifts in the wind,cling to bushes, falls to the ground etc. You cannot eliminate it or totally conceal it. Ask any Police Service Dog lol
Cover scent cannot hurt, just make sure it is a common scent to the area, Like pine scent if you're in pine grove, apple scent if if an apple orchard, Or just simply Buck Lure(doe scent) for all locations.
Keeping you hunting clothes outside away from the bacon and eggs frying and the cigar smoke is a must for me.

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First of all, nothing tops being downwind. Period.

However, I'm always careful to wash all my clothing in a scent-removing soap. After that, I carefully pack them all away in plastic bags and the bags go in a big Rubbermaid tub w/ lid.

I use Scentlok coveralls, gloves, hat, and rubber-soled boots. I also carry my outer layer to my stand and put it on there so as to not get too hot and sweaty on the trip in. I believe this is crucial. In my early hunting days, I would get too hot and climb up into my stand and sweat, then get cold. I'm sure the deer knew exactly what and where I was a lot of the time.

I also carry the scented wafers, which I believe is added insurance. I prefer the dirt or acorn scent where I hunt.

Last year, I took a nice 6 pointer after having 4 does and a coyote pass within 5 yards of my tree. None of which had a clue I was there.

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Hey Dave , are we related? I do the exact same thing, right down to the rubbermaid tub, except I hang one of those scent wafers in the tub and add cedar branches Yes

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Great minds think alike, I guess! Thumbs up

Funny, I also put a wafer in with the tub...not cedar branches, though. I do like that idea, however.

By the way, I just found out I got drawn to hunt Busch Wildlife Area the last week of October. It's a managed hunt and last year a guy took a Pope & Young out there...I'm stoked! My buddy didn't get drawn, however, so I guess I'll be flying solo which is fine, but man, I can't wait. lol

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That sounds like a Great opportunity! GOOD LUCK Yes

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I'm not real good at paying attention to the wind.

I'm not real good at paying attention to the wind but I'm sure it helps.  I figure if the wind is from one side, then just watch in that direction!  If the trail goes both ways then the wind will be blowing toward you from one path and away from you on the other.  If you are at a cross path then there is a trail in all four directions so you can not avoid being upwind but that doesn't mean that you should give up the stand!  

I don't use a cover scent per se - what I do is spray buck lure (doe urine) on my boot soles when I walk to my stand and spray the rest of my clothes with scent eliminator.  I think the brand is "scent blocker" dont remember for sure, but it seems to work for me so I'll keep doing it!  I also use the scent free laundry soap for my hunting clothes and store them in a rubber maid tub as posted above.  I also avoid scented soaps and deoderants for the last shower before hunting. 

I have tried the dirt cover scent and the wafers and saw no deer when I used either one - so I quit using them and went back to what seems to work.

All that said - I have seen bucks walk over a spot where I urinated hours before without so much as sniffing at it - so maybe scent control is all a bunch of marketing hooey!

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I recently read another forum topic on the same exact subject matter.  Here is what I think...  I do not believe that scent blockers or scents in general do the job perfectly - meaning you never eliminate your human scent. The detergent and body soaps are okay and help but are not the entire solution.   Even the tub with an eliminator fabric inserted is okay.  I don't think the cedar chips work unless the area you hunt has the same cedar smells.  I started something this year that I had found on this web site under the hunter tips link. Arrowflipper has provided the best scent control solution I think I have ever used - as well as using the wind to my advantage. Here is the link - http://www.biggamehunt.net/tips/make-your-own-cover-scent

A very simple formula of gathering the normally found brush, grass, leaves, sagebrush, dirt, etc... within the area you hunt and soak for two weeks in a cheap rubbing alcohol in a sealed container. After two weeks or so strain out the debris and use the water solution within a spray bottle to apply to you and your clothing. I think this is natural and works the best - plus using the wind direction to your advantage. Very simple and very cheap.  Oh - and I'll say it again - stay downwind.  Big smile

 

 

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