I've never worried about them and figured that they would be one more thing that you would have to worry about. The big thing that I do is keep my cammo in a plastic bag with some pine bows for a couple of weeks before the hunt. Then I don't put them on until I head into the woods. If I do use any kind of scent I'll usually smear some elk dodo on my boots. Doing just this I have had elk at 2' and deer at 4'.
Fresh elk dropings works great. We also use Elk fire scent, that stuff works great when seting up to cow call a bull into archery range, we use it for cover scent and only spray it on the bushes we are next to. I think i still have a pic of a tree i sprayed some on and after we left a bull ripped the branches off whare it was.
Its made by Wildlife Research Center, most the stores have it. Basicly it is cow elk urine collected when their in estrus, making it a sexual attractor and we use it during the rut for a little cover scent becuase we go a few days it the backcountry with out a good bathing. I wonder if we smell like nasty a$$ to them::eek:
So it's early September and you just took your first elk with a bow! Chances are you are feeling pretty good at this point. You get all your trophy pictures taken and the adrenaline starts to wear off. Now you start to think about the massive chore at hand. You have your work cut out for you! This early in the fall, chances are it's going to be hot when you go to field dress your animal. One of the complications that hot weather brings forth is BUGS. They will land on you and your animal, lay...