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Scent Lok

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by blackops, Jul 27, 2009.

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  1. blackops

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    I've become addicted to ordering hunting clothing and equipment from Cabelas like girls to Nordstroms. It's getting kind of out of hand, but whatever. I've started buying all my clothing with scent lok. People have been telling me that you don't need it and in some cases I agree. I bowhunt and feel silent tech with scent lok is a must! Even for rifle hunting for pig, deer, elk, or whatever I just don't see the disadvantages to wearing scent lok other than a little heat. Usually scent lok has a bit more layering I understand, but I say...hey it cant hurt its only going to help. Whats your guys opinions on scent lok?
     
  2. Sav .250

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    I wonder how much "scent lok" they wore back in the day. It no doubt has it`s advantages but for me, It`s not mandatory.
     
  3. 3pairs12

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    When bow hunting I wear it.
     
  4. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    My honest opinion is that it's 98% gimmick. Certainly not needed. I've got a newsflash: No matter what kind of clothing you wear, if you stink or don't use the wind, you're toast. Does it cover up your face and hands? If not, then it's not gonna matter, if you stink. It's not a complete containment deal.

    I'd take my chances with a good shower and scent-free garanimal clothes any day, over scentlok clothes without steps to control my scent. Sorry, you asked for opinions. Untold hundreds of thousands of animals have been harvested with a bow without scentlok.
     
  5. 3pairs12

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    ^^ They make gloves and face masks. I had 4 does come into 14 feet from me down wind this last season while wearing scent lok. They were supposed to be on a different trail. I always pay very close attention to my wind. Although I do agree that thousands of thousands of animals have been taken without it. I bet the Indians used to stink.
     
  6. MCgunner

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    Just mind the wind and you don't need it IMHO. I'm waiting for "corn and apples" cologne, though. I think I'll take a pass on doe urine or doe in heat behind the ears.

    This is south Texas. I ain't zipping up in scent lock clothes in bow season in 95-100 degree heat. Most times I have about a half gallon of deep woods off on me anyway. Just how good can scent lock be? LOL
     
  7. Kingcreek

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    I've been bow hunting whitetails for 25 years, some of it in the Pre-ScentLoc era. I kill an average of 5 Illinois deer per year.
    My opinion: Scent Loc helps, but it ain't magic.
    You still have to do a lot of other things to control scent and TRY to stay upwind. nothing more frustrating than watching some nice buck coming in upwind to a perfect setup and have some old doe wind you from somewhere behind and blow an alarm that vacates everything within a mile.
     
  8. ArmedBear

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    My dogs seem to think that rolling around in a rotting carcass or some human feces is adequate to disguise their scents.

    They're better hunters than I am, so I figure I'll just do what they do.:D
     
  9. 3pairs12

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    Have fun with that ArmedBear, let us know how it works. :)
     
  10. R.W.Dale

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    A dog can smell a couple ounces of explosives hidden in a 20gal fuel tank full of gasoline, some say they can even smell if a person has cancer.

    Deer can smell just about as well as a dog

    Do you really think some overpriced apparel will make a difference to such an animal
     
  11. 3pairs12

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    On a local tv station they did a test with a police dog scent lok and a container, a person with scent lok on hid in a container with a lid and the dog still found him.
     
  12. ArmedBear

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    I don't think it's about not being found.

    I think it's about not laying down tons of fresh scent wherever you walk.

    That said, even if you're covered in Scent-Lok, don't boot soles smell distinctively? Leather, rubber, polyester, cotton, Gore-Tex, is any of it odor-free?
     
  13. 3pairs12

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    I agree I think that it gives a little more of an edge when bow hunting so I use it. I am sure it doesn't make me scent free but if it can take care of some of it for me it might just provide me with the seconds I need to draw my bow and make a shot.
     
  14. DRYHUMOR

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    Sometimes I wear it, sometimes not.

    What I do do, is wash all my clothes in scent eliminating soap, out of the dryer and into a plastic bag.

    The boots I hunt in, I put on before walking to the stand, and take off back at the truck. They stay outside, and get sprayed with scent eliminator spray.

    Seems to help, when I'm real anal about it, I've had a good many of deer within 10-12 ft of me, on the ground. And it helps when you can't get situated right for the wind.

    Of course, that's when it's cool enough that ya don't start sweating as soon as you get out of the truck.
     
  15. ArmedBear

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    BTW many, probably most, detergents have ultraviolet dye in them. That means that, to a deer, you glow.
     
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    I practice all the scent control I can including some sprays and "air-wash" my hunting clothes in the sun and breeze. a couple years ago I parked my truck in one of my usual spots, field edge near the friendly landowner's horse corral, got all suited up, bow out, and ready to hunt when I hear this shouting. Guy asks me if I can help him with a 2 year old green colt that had got out and was giving him fits. I really didn't want to ruin my scent plan but couldn't really tell the fella no. We finally got the colt back in and I'm looking at my rubber boots now coated with stable goo. went out and hunted anyway and watched a 6pt follow my path all the way across a stubble field with his nose to the ground all the way to the base of my tree. my bro-in-law swears diesel fuel is the best cover scent ever.
     
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    I just buy what's water-proof and warm. I use detergents without UV brighteners, and keep the wind in my face, or quartering to the left or right.
     
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    It's all about using the wind and staying still. I've had just as much luck when I wear earth toned flannel shirts as camo with Scent-lock. It's a gimmick (and a rip-off at twice the price of regular hunting apparel).
     
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    Never used it .I wear camo but don't worry about pattern, just makes it harder for the game officer to spot you in a tree. I have used arm&hammer for 30 years to keep odor under control with no cover sent till the bucks start to pre rute . Wash the cothing in A&H ,Keep cloths in a plastic bag. I do wash with a sent free soap but also make a spray out of arm&hammer and spray down before each hunt and shake some dry in my clothing as i am dressing. besure to cover boots and hat. I do wear a full camocovering, head net and gloves and have had deer many times lay with in 15 feet or know something ain't right but can't fiqure it out and just hang around. Keep some with me if needed when hot. Never had problems with deer scared off. I worry more about haveing to get around the truck and oils ,gas so i carry extra foot wear and a lite over shirt for any running around durning the day.
     
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    I use a spray. But in a way I don't think it does much because my rifle has to absolutely stink of oil. I suspect keeping the wind in my face is doing far more then the spray is.
     
  22. Nicodemus38

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    if you want to be invisible as much as possible, wash every single bit of clothing youll be weaing with sport wash by atsko. it will remove the uv enhancers that make you well, flourescent to deer eyes, as well as every other animal in the world. UV enhancers make your super duper camo outfit look like neon orange in a snow bank, even if your burried in a 2 ton pile of dead leaves.

    Scent lok and similar stuff is a joke. Its been proven that the "world famous" charcoal lining in most of these products is completely used up after the first time its put on. that means you only get the actual scent blocking effect the first time its used. And normally if its on display in a store, every moron weaing their body sprays is gonna ahve been putting it on to model for "bubba and jo jo".

    the only way to reactivate charcoal scent killing products is to heat them to a temperature that would incinerate the synthetic material.
    use sport wash on you and the clothing, and skip the garlic and mustard snacks, etc, when your hunting.
    why pay 600 hundred to get fancy stuff that only works the first use to block scents, when your going to be eating "billy jacks famous pepermint sticks" in the blind as sooo many people do?
     
  23. blackops

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    I see most aren't fans of scent lok. Explaining; using wind to your advantage, when washing your clothes will still put off a scent, indians didn't need them, head and hands still put off odor, head and hands put off odor. Well not to try an argue, but I disagree and when your in a treestand using wind to your advantage isn't an option. Depending on the situation you can't control your angle to the wind and what you are trying to kill everytime. Gloves and head material can be worn to control scent. Indians didn't have the luxery of sent lok and I doubt anyone has to kill to eat and survive, they are on a whole nother level as far as hunting. Nobody can say scent effected your hunt to a dear you never saw due to your odor. Washing your clothes with certain products eliminates odors. That said, many animals have been harvest without scent lok and thats no question, but there is a reason it was developed and that isn't strickly for marketing purposes. Like i said before, it doesn't have disadvantages. Thank you all for information.
     
  24. R.W.Dale

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    I wouldn't bet on that.
    In fact name one consumer product that WASN'T developed for marketing purposes.

    I for one do not believe that once you're scented all deer run away. The old saying "curiosity killed the cat" in my experience applies as much to deer as it does felines. I've had deer literally walk up to me and sniff my boots whilst lounging under a tree squirrel hunting wearing jeans and a Led Zeppelin t-shirt. Another I stared down from 40' for ten minutes all the while whistling "Dixie" at it as loudly as I could.

    If you hunt places where hunters are stacked 3 high on the same tree and deer have learned to associate people with death then yeah deer care.

    But get away from the other Elmers in the woods and or hunt agriculture where people are either a new experience or old news to the deer and you may be surprised at their behavior
     
  25. Loyalist Dave

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    I agree. I thought the purpose of the tree stand was to get your scent above the nose of the deer?

    Armpit deodorant wasn't marketed until the 20th century..., so I guess nobody stank until then? No, they marketed the idea that you stink and needed something to stop the smell, even though you bathed, and oh look, we happen to sell an item to fix the problem.

    I have seen bucks react to a fellow dressed in clothing dyed with walnuts, and full of woodsmoke smell, as though a challenger-buck had entered their territory, not a human. I just worry about which way the wind is blowing. Seems to work for me.

    LD
     
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