I am always amazed at the amount of scent control products that exist on the market today. But they are there for a reason. Game animals have incredible noses and if you go out into the field smelling like body odor, summer sausage, gasoline and last night's Miller High Life fiasco you will probably not be punching a tag. Scent control sprays aren't cheap though. On a college student budget I had a serious need to alleviate at least some of my hunting costs. This is why I decided to make my own cover scents. The process is simple: gather plant species from the area that you will hunt and simmer them in a pot for an hour or two.
One big advantage is that you can tailor your cover scent to the specific area you are hunting. A sage brush dominated scent is not going to do the trick up in the krummholtz and a spruce/fir scent is going to be whiffed with caution by pronghorn down on the flatlands. I have two main recipes that I use with slight variation in either to tailor it to the specific site that I'm currently hunting.
**For my lower country hunting I use a mixture of sage brush, antelope bitterbush, ponderosa sap and needles and native grasses such as blue gramma and muhly.
**For my higher elevation stuff I will use spruce/fir or lodgepole pine sap and needles depending on the elevation to be hunted. I'll also throw in any understory forbs or grasses that might be present. Kinniknik is a good one.
After you have boiled the ingredients for an hour or two, pour the resulting mixture into a spray bottle that can be picked up from walmart for under a dollar.
There you have it. A cheap and easy way to stay undetected in the woods this fall.