Scent Control Tips and Techniques

Posted by  Friday, November 15 2013 12:00 am
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Whitetail Deer BuckOne of the hardest things to beat is a mature whitetail’s nose. The hardest would be the nose of a mature whitetail doe. I think the noses of some whitetails are better than others, and that’s what makes them mature. I have had hunting dogs in the past that just had better noses than the other dogs, and I think deer are the same.  

I have a few tips that I use that will help control your scent. Remember nothing is 100 percent, but these tips should increase your chances of success:

  • Always hunt with the wind in your face. (I always pack a Hunter’s Specialties wind indicator.)
  • Take a bath with Scent-A-Way soap before the hunt.
  • Wash your clothes with Scent-A-Way laundry detergent.
  • Dress in the field. (I pack my hunting clothes in a scent-safe bag and dress in the field.)
  • Always spray down with Scent-A-Way spray after you are dressed, and do not forget to spray your hat, your release, your safety harness and even your pack.
  • Dress light on the way to your stand. I carry extra clothes with me to the stand location and add layers while in the stand. One of the major problems for hunters is perspiration walking to your stand location.

Happy hunting!





by Steve Cobb

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Steve Cobb
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Home: Union, South Carolina
Family:
(wife) Becky, (son) Michael
Hobbies:
hunt, fish and play sports
Rifle / Bow:
Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzle loader, Crossbow and Bow

Hunting Stuff

Years Hunting: Been hunting 37 years
Favorite Technique:
Run and gun wild turkeys and still hunt whitetail deer
Hunting Strength:
Being patient in the woods. I let things happen as they normally would
Favorite Game to Hunt: Turkey
Favorite Hunting Gear:
Redhead clothing in Realtree AP always
Favorite Places to Hunt
:
South Carolina but make a trip to hunt whitetails in Ohio every fall
Favorite Season to Hunt:
Turkey season
Favorite Time to Hunt: Daylight until around lunch time
Favorite Way to Hunt: Deer would be early morning in a climbing stand watching the sun come up. Wild Turkey would be early morning, hear him gobble, get close as you can the set-up.

Career Highlights

Biggest Kill: I have killed several eastern turkeys with spurs 1 1/2 inches long. Those were pretty old turkeys for South Carolina.
Greatest Hunting Achievement: Taking handicapped individuals hunting.
Favorite Hunting Moment: I would have been with my son when he killed his first deer.

  • 7 Time South Carolina State Turkey Calling Champion
  • 75+ Calling competitions – won or placed
  • Very active with NWTF JAKES events, Women in the outdoors and Wheel-In sportsman evens
  • Currently on NWTF State Board in South Carolina
  • Speaker for numerous NWTF diamond life events all over the country

 

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