Scent Control – Clothing and Equipment
What Does a Deer See?
Scent Control - Clothing and Equipment
As hunters, we are concerned about everything from fine tuning our weapons, camouflage, movement, optics, the right boot, the right broadhead, the right cartridge. We are concerned with increasing our odds to harvesting that once in a lifetime animal or an animal, period. Remember, we are in the animal’s home territory, they know if there is something out of place, just like we do if someone moved something in our homes. Imagine walking into your home and a random person is sitting in your living room, with the couch moved 10 inches and wearing a cologne that you never smelled before! Simply, you will see, hear and smell that person.
Now think about the deer, elk, boar, bear, caribou, etc., their main purpose on life it to survive, eat and breed. I am sure they are going to see, hear, and smell anything and everything that is in their home that was not in their home last visit.
Today, we are going to talk about scent management. Since scent management is more than taking a shower in the morning before going afield and we do not want to overload you with information, we are going to break out scent management into three phases:
Phase 1 – Clothes and Equipment
Phase 2 – Personal Scent Management
Phase 3 – In Field Scent Management
In this post, we will focus on Phase I – Clothing and Equipment. This starts well before the hunt. We all fall victim of having our clothes and gear stored in the basement or attic during the off season. When we take our clothes and equipment out of the dank space, maybe even in a plastic storage container because we thought we were doing it right, there is a musty, unnatural odor coming from your clothes. You put your clothes outside thinking that your clothes will smell more natural being outside. However, unless you are hunting in your backyard (awesome if you are), the odors that are attracted to your clothes are not the same as the odors in the area(s) you are hunting.
Then you get the person that takes the leaves, dirt and soil litter from their hunting area and put it in a container with their clothes thinking that they are attracting the odor from their hunting area to the fibers of their clothes. Well…this practice will, maybe, but not likely, have a positive impact on odor management. The degradation of the leaf litter can have a negative effect on the absorption of your clothing. It is not likely that the odor absorbed will be the same or similar odors at the time you are hunting. Does that make sense? Think about it, old leaves will not have the same odor as a cold winter day in the woods!
Last thing that I see and have done, is hanging your clothing outside at camp. Well, probably better than the above but still not the best. Since when has the hunting camp that has been closed for the past six months, now open and smelling like foreign salami, eggs, chili, etc. be a good thing? If your home was your hunting camp (again jealous), this will be a good option, but not a perfect option.
So, what should you do for scent management of your clothing and equipment? Here is a Simple Five Step Approach to clothing scent management:
Step 1: Use a Scent Free laundry detergent and run a cycle with no clothing.
Step 2: Wash all clothing that can be washed in your washing machine with a Scent Free, Non-UV brightening detergent. Wash as recommended.
Step 3: Spray your dyer down with a scent elimination spray.
Step 4: Dry your clothing according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Step 5: Store clothing in a scent free container.
Remember, this is for all your clothing, hats, gloved, shirt, pants, undergarments, socks, sweatshirts, etc., all your clothing going with you to camp.
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