Make Your Own Natural Cover Scent

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I have heard a lot of people talking about cover scent.  You go to the local store and there is tons of the stuff.  From fresh earth to acorn spray.  All these scents are pricey.  Whether you get the "biscuits" or the spray.  Something we started doing in our lease several years ago has benefited us quite well and may help you also.  We started using our surroundings to make our cover scent. 

We have lots of pine trees in parts of our lease.  So when we are hunting that area, we store our clothes with bags of pine needles.  Just use a plastic bag, poke a few holes in the bags and after about 24 hours, your clothes smell like the woods you are hunting.  We have quite a bit of hard woods in our lease also.  We like to take acorns and pine needles, boil them for a bit, strain, and then bottle.  This works really well as a spray cover scent. 

So wherever you are hunting, use your surroundings to make your cover scent.  If you're using something to cover your scent that is not natural in your habitat, then it's just another scent that you are adding.  Be sure to be as scent free as possible and then smell like your surroundings.  Hope this helps. 


EddieK47's picture

Cover scent

  Great tip thanks.A tip from my Dad was to clip green hemlock boughs for scent when he took a stand.He would also hang his cloths in my Grandads barn when he was to hunt farm land.I have also used commercial cover scents and deer scents with no real luck for me only the deer.Most times they got suspicious and backed away.

hunter25's picture

This is a great tip and know

This is a great tip and know a fw guys that do exactley as you are talking about here. I have never taken the time myself but I know it can help. I prefer to just watch the wind and hunt accordingly. I don't archery hunt though and don't need to be as close and some of you other guys do. I have really never had a problem though.  In addition to the effectiveness of the system it will really save a bunch of money for the guys willing to take the time to put it together.

Retired2hunt's picture

  ganny76 you are spot on


ganny76 you are spot on with this tip.  I never paid too much attention to cover sprays or scent blockers as I had never seen th.em really work for me before.  I have also used the doe in heat and buck lures but really never saw any advantage to using them other than making my wallet lighter and easier to fold to put in my back pocket.  There are many hunters on this web site - some swear by it and others don't.  Once I started to use the natural elements already found within the area I hunt as a base to my cover scent spray - only then did I notice the difference in my ability to get closer to the big game I was hunting.  This and obviously you still have to work the wind as that too is a major factor in ensuring your human scent is not detected by the animal you hunt.  Thanks for the great tip.

jlseagull2004's picture

cover scents

I'v bow hunted in southern Oregon for many years and found many diffrent ways to cover up. #1. I wash my cloths by hand not in the washer because of the left over detergents in them.#2. I put my cloths in a garbage bag after drying outside on the line. #3 When in the field I dust myself with dirt,hat to toe, and rub leafs of the common trees there on me. #4. When possable I love to find Cow Flops(Cow Poop) and wipe my boots in it to cover my scent. Dirt is the most common ellement in any area and used in this way can affectivly mask most scent. I have gotten close enough to deer to slap their rump, (allmost got kicked once, so don't try this at home.LOL) just using dirt and leafs as masking scent. Liquid Dirt is wonderful stuff but to me it smells like anis more than dirt, but some of it and a dusting of dirt makes a great scent blocker.

jaybe's picture

Sounds like really good

Sounds like really good advice. When hunters start paying as much for a small bottle of "cover" scent as we do for perfume for our ladies, it ought to tell us that somebody has figured out how to make bigger fools of us than we really are!

The fact is, animals can smell right through all that phony stuff and smell us anyway. I once read an article written by one of the old-time great outdoor writers of an occasion when he and another hunter came over a hill a saw a grizzly bear with its head inside the chest cavity of a deer that had been dead for over a week. They stopped a good 100 yards from it and were watching it through their binoculars. A slight breeze hit the back of their necks carrying the wind from them to the bear. The bear suddenly lifted it's head out of the carcass, still dripping with intestines, woofed, and bolted out of there in high gear. If you ever think that cover scents actually "cover" your scent - remember this story.

It's much better to keep the wind in your face or at least on your cheek. There isn't an animal alive that can smell upwind.