When your out in the field do you take scent control to the extreme? Is the new fan dangled products like scent lok etc worth the price tag? Or maybe it is just common sense. Stay downwind?? Whats your thoughts?
I don't buy too much into those scent block products. Just be aware of your wind and position. A lot of times it's not even scent that spooks the game, it's deliberate and noticeable movements along with noise that spooks game.
I agree that there is way too much hype in these new sent control clothing and products. What do you thing the hunter used 50 years ago? Not to mention the indians. Just be aware of the wind direction and if you are relly worried find a fresh pile of elk or deer dropings and smear them on you boots.
I think the scent control can be helpful/useful at certain times. For example, here in the east (and other areas of the country) where we do a lot of still/stand hunting, it can be helpful to make sure your clothes, your body and any any equipment is scent free. We'll sit tight in a stand from a couple of hours to all day long in the same tree. The wind will determine which stand we go to in the morning but if/as it changes, we can't necessarily change stands. Sometimes you have to stay put if you want to hunt. In those situation, I'll take as many precautions as possible.
However, out west where you have thermals that can be timed(practically) as to when they will change, I don't think the scent free practices are used as much. I'll take some scent free handy wipes but that's the extent of my precaution. You play the wind and into it. It's a different scenerio.
I don't use anything but a few squirts of scent killer for whitetails and nothing but keeping the wind right when out west. I have some of the really good scentblocker clothes but got them after season was over for 70% off regular price. And I wash them in tide just like the rest of my clothes so I guess it defeats the purpose. I refuse to give 60 bucks for a sweatshirt to hunt in. I think most of the fad is because it's all over the TV hunting shows.
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