Thursday, January 10, 2013

Scent Control

One of the biggest factors that comes into play while hunting and scouting big game animals is scent control. Now I'm not just talking about spraying yourself with a sent cover up. There is a whole lot more that goes into this than that. In my opinion the biggest part of this is paying close attention to wind direction. Out back east this might be an easier task, but in the Rocky Mountains this requires consistent diligence. One second the wind is perfectly in your face and calling in a large six point bull. The next, the wind is blowing the smell of your sweaty face and all you see is his monstrous antlers disappearing into the distance.

Now there are products out there that most definitely make your job easier. There are plenty of people that will tell you that scent cover ups don't work, in my opinion that's just hogwash. They most definitely work, but you can't rely on scent cover ups alone. I even have my own recipe for a pretty good home made scent cover that I plan on posting up later.

As far as manufactures there are countless. But which ones actually do the job? Well from my experience there are a couple of big dawgs leading the pack. The one at the top of my list is Primos Silver XP. There have been multiple times I experience a horrible shift of wind with a trophy elk within bow range and was able to maintain the proximity. The silver in their mix really seems to help with total scent and bacteria control.

There are other simple options such as sage or pine oil which do a half decent job as well. As I mentioned before I have a home made recipe that works wonders. When I get some more time I plan on posting the instructions on making this DIY option in your own kitchen or garage.

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