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#2896941 - 08/05/12 03:46 PM Scent Control in Hot Weather?
LanceS4803
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Putting out my cameras today, and was quickly soaked in sweat. (This land is all steep hills, ravines and plateaus.)
There is no way to get up to these areas without arriving stinking to high heaven.
How do bowhunters, who start in Sep, handle scent control in hot weather?
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#2896962 - 08/05/12 04:01 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: LanceS4803]
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I just try to play the wind cause there is no way not to sweat during early season.
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#2897011 - 08/05/12 05:17 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: easy45]
hunterncoach
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same as easy, but I do take a change of clothes & put my old ones in a zip lock baggie when i get in my stand & also use the body powder that someone makes...i forget who it is
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#2897036 - 08/05/12 05:36 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: hunterncoach]
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Set up downwind from where you expect them to be. That's the only effective strategy any time of year, hot or cold.
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#2897044 - 08/05/12 05:52 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Pursuit Hunter]
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what I can never decide is whether to wear my scent blocker suit which is a little warmer and makes me sweat a little but may retain some scent, or to where very very light clothes that will likely not retain any scent but keep me cooler. This yr im going to get me one of those frog tog towels to put on my neck maybe thatll help some..
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#2897090 - 08/05/12 06:44 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: BHC]
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I do not hunt my high confidence big buck areas in early bow season unless it is an area VERY easily accessible.
OR...unless I have good intel on a mature buck pattern and have to hunt NOW or blow an opportunity. In that case, I play thermals or wind.

Let's face it, I rarely if ever worry too much about scent control. I stink. There is not much I can do about it in the heat.

Element of surprise, minimal scent saturation in an area (low repetition on hunts), and having LOTS of high confidence areas to hunt spread over several different doe groups is my best advice.

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#2897117 - 08/05/12 07:06 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: 102]
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 Originally Posted By: 102
I do not hunt my high confidence big buck areas in early bow season unless it is an area VERY easily accessible.

102 beat me to it; no way I'm blowing my very best stands early.

I have a Rubbermaid tub of cotton T's + pants/overalls that I wash and rotate every nearly every hunt. Odor-free detergent, body wash, spray, and unscented deoderant all-over. Final consideration for stand location is the wind.

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#2897132 - 08/05/12 07:20 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Boll Weevil]
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 Originally Posted By: Boll Weevil
 Originally Posted By: 102
I do not hunt my high confidence big buck areas in early bow season unless it is an area VERY easily accessible.

102 beat me to it; no way I'm blowing my very best stands early.

I have a Rubbermaid tub of cotton T's + pants/overalls that I wash and rotate every nearly every hunt. Odor-free detergent, body wash, spray, and unscented deoderant all-over. Final consideration for stand location is the wind.


I have like 4 totes of clothes one for pack and harness and one boots. That being said my top spots aren't hunted until the late prerut.

I also don't hunt without the correct wind.

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#2897133 - 08/05/12 07:21 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Boll Weevil]
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Yeah, I stick to stands designated for early season hunting, often only hunt them one time each, sometimes twice. Deal with the sweat and heat best I can, take all necessary precautions, hunt the wind, hunt high in the tree.
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#2897166 - 08/05/12 07:55 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: easy45]
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
I just try to play the wind cause there is no way not to sweat during early season.



This^^^^^^
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#2897190 - 08/05/12 08:10 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Bone Collector]
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When I am 18 feet up in my climber I do not think they can smell me before they are in shooting range. Hasn't seemed to bother them in 20+ years.
I do use non-scented laundry detergent and deodorant and play the wind but I worry most about them catching movement and always move slow and easy.
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#2897252 - 08/05/12 08:53 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Bone Collector]
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 Originally Posted By: Bone Collector
 Originally Posted By: easy45
I just try to play the wind cause there is no way not to sweat during early season.



This^^^^^^


Yep. Play the wind or don't hunt that stand if wind not right.

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#2897285 - 08/05/12 09:10 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Phil1979]
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never worry about it
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#2897396 - 08/05/12 10:01 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Deer Assassin]
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I take my time going in so i don't sweat as much and climb a little higher
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#2897398 - 08/05/12 10:03 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: ImThere]
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i dont hunt when its hot
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#2897511 - 08/06/12 06:37 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Bone Collector]
htnseymour
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I stick to my early stands as well, but I have also found using a ground blind helps a lot. I spray down the blind after each hunt to kill any scent left behind.
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#2897521 - 08/06/12 06:49 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: htnseymour]
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I love it when hunters think that deer can't smell them if they get really high in a tree.....all that does is put the scent reaching the ground further out , so they pick you up further away and avoid the area, while you never know they are there.

being that high off the ground works well if deer come in from another direction and can't pick up your scent before they get out to it, walking away, giving you lots of time to get a shot.

But, then again, they can smell your footprints, the cells off your skin as you walked in, where you touched a limb, and most anything else ......

so....anything other than down wind is mere luck that the deer doesn't bust you , maybe even before you know it's there...

I still know people that will hunt a stand every day regardless of the wind direction.......lol.

I love it when they tell me that they aren't seeing any deer and can't figure out why???????? lol
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#2897636 - 08/06/12 08:51 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: easy45]
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
I just try to play the wind cause there is no way not to sweat during early season.


Yep, and this keeps me out of the woods for the most part b/c I do not want to stink up the place I'll be hunting, so I have "bow" spots and "gun" spots to hunt to keep from messing a good place up for the whole season. ;\)
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#2897648 - 08/06/12 08:59 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Deer Assassin]
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never worry about it


Same here. There is no way I would miss a day of hunting just because the wind is not right. My theory has worked for the past 20 years.
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#2897729 - 08/06/12 10:13 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Mossy Oak]
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Old Timmers used to tell me to hang old clothes that you have worn out all summer around your stand to let them get used to the smell & no adverse reactions. Then you may be able to get by with them smelling you the first week or two of season. Of course that won't last all year, but if it helps you score early then its worth it! I have never tried this, but makes sense that it would work

Edited by hunterncoach (08/06/12 10:14 AM)

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#2897749 - 08/06/12 10:33 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: hunterncoach]
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 Originally Posted By: hunterncoach
Old Timmers used to tell me to hang old clothes that you have worn out all summer around your stand to let them get used to the smell & no adverse reactions. Then you may be able to get by with them smelling you the first week or two of season. Of course that won't last all year, but if it helps you score early then its worth it! I have never tried this, but makes sense that it would work


That reminds me of the story someone told of putting a manequin in your stand dressed to hunt so the deer would assume it was still there on opening day, when in fact it was the hunter!
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#2897785 - 08/06/12 11:10 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: MUP]
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 Originally Posted By: MUP
 Originally Posted By: hunterncoach
Old Timmers used to tell me to hang old clothes that you have worn out all summer around your stand to let them get used to the smell & no adverse reactions. Then you may be able to get by with them smelling you the first week or two of season. Of course that won't last all year, but if it helps you score early then its worth it! I have never tried this, but makes sense that it would work


That reminds me of the story someone told of putting a manequin in your stand dressed to hunt so the deer would assume it was still there on opening day, when in fact it was the hunter!


Even better. You should just build a treehouse and live in it year around \:o
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#2897849 - 08/06/12 12:14 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: MUP
 Originally Posted By: hunterncoach
Old Timmers used to tell me to hang old clothes that you have worn out all summer around your stand to let them get used to the smell & no adverse reactions. Then you may be able to get by with them smelling you the first week or two of season. Of course that won't last all year, but if it helps you score early then its worth it! I have never tried this, but makes sense that it would work


That reminds me of the story someone told of putting a manequin in your stand dressed to hunt so the deer would assume it was still there on opening day, when in fact it was the hunter!


Even better. You should just build a treehouse and live in it year around \:o
I believe Gene or Barry Wensel were the ones who I saw put a maequin in their stand...I know I have it on VHS somewhere. Can't argue much with their success!

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#2897875 - 08/06/12 12:52 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: LanceS4803]
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Do what I can, short of dressing up a manequin..... :).. then hunt every chance I get.
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#2897947 - 08/06/12 01:51 PM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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play the wind as best you can,all you can do
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#2898664 - 08/07/12 06:06 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: MUP]
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 Originally Posted By: MUP
 Originally Posted By: hunterncoach
Old Timmers used to tell me to hang old clothes that you have worn out all summer around your stand to let them get used to the smell & no adverse reactions. Then you may be able to get by with them smelling you the first week or two of season. Of course that won't last all year, but if it helps you score early then its worth it! I have never tried this, but makes sense that it would work


That reminds me of the story someone told of putting a manequin in your stand dressed to hunt so the deer would assume it was still there on opening day, when in fact it was the hunter!


Funny you mentioned this.....I had a friend that did just this, many years ago . The thing is, he forgot he put the dummy in the stand and when he went to it in the dark on opening day it about scared him into a heartache.....lol.

he actually climbed up the ladder before shining up in the stand and when he got there, he about pooped his pants.

he admitted to this, I'm not so sure that I would have...lol.
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#2902508 - 08/10/12 08:11 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: Bottom Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Bottom Hunter
I love it when hunters think that deer can't smell them if they get really high in a tree.....all that does is put the scent reaching the ground further out , so they pick you up further away and avoid the area, while you never know they are there.

being that high off the ground works well if deer come in from another direction and can't pick up your scent before they get out to it, walking away, giving you lots of time to get a shot.

But, then again, they can smell your footprints, the cells off your skin as you walked in, where you touched a limb, and most anything else ......

so....anything other than down wind is mere luck that the deer doesn't bust you , maybe even before you know it's there...

I still know people that will hunt a stand every day regardless of the wind direction.......lol.

I love it when they tell me that they aren't seeing any deer and can't figure out why???????? lol

I have always been under the impression that during hot weather that scent molecules would rise with the heat rather than fall and cold weather they tend to descend more. Barometric pressure might actually play a part in this as well


Edited by TITANSFAN2104 (08/10/12 08:12 AM)

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#2902533 - 08/10/12 08:30 AM Re: Scent Control in Hot Weather? [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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i agree titansfan, i dont believe a deer's nose is as good during hot dry weather. It is still good but not as good. Critters dont lay down as much scent during hot dry conditions,neither do humans. But i still do what i can so limit my scent early bow season and thru out deer season.
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