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#6929389 - 10/22/17 08:36 PM question about scent control while bow hunting
longgunner Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/18/10
Posts: 188
We just started bow hunting, and my boy already bagged a hog and a turkey. We are hunting a ground blind about 15 yards from the feeder.

Question: What is better at concealing scent: A ground blind or elevation with a tree stand that has no real cover around it.....

any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks.

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#6929413 - 10/22/17 08:46 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
Texas buckeye Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3545
Loc: Keller
Whichever is down wind of the feeder.

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#6929414 - 10/22/17 08:46 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
21xsElite Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/10/14
Posts: 42
I sat in my ground blind several times over the last week and drank a beer and fired up a smoke and they never lifting their head.

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#6929430 - 10/22/17 08:51 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
Walkabout Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 372
Loc: Katy Texas
Concealing your scent from a deer is not possible in either blind. You leave spore behind every time you enter and exit your blinds. With that in mind, be smart about how you get to your blind. Resist the temptation to go check the feeder before your hunt. Stay out of your kill zones and the paths you expect to see deer. A deer may pick up your scent but that doesn't always mean he will blow out of the field. He will go on high alert. If he gets a second confirmation,sight or sound GOODBY.

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#6929435 - 10/22/17 08:53 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
Trophytaker3 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/20/17
Posts: 387
Loc: East Montgomery county, Texas
I like to use the [i][/i]Dead Down Wind scent cover, works really good.
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#6929461 - 10/22/17 09:04 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: Trophytaker3]
soonersorlaters Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/13/15
Posts: 131
Loc: Mansfield, TX
Normal scent control measures and get yourself some Nose Jammer spray.

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#6929551 - 10/22/17 10:07 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
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Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 1201
Loc: Denton or Knox County
Saturday, I had work that needed doing at the ranch and worked up a little sweat without time to clean up before the afternoon hunt. I hunt out a box blind which helps contain scent better than a pop up ground blind, but I also use an ozonics machine. I had several deer approach or leave directly downwind of me during my Saturday evening hunt and while a couple paused as if they caught a scent, none of them alerted, stomped or blew and soon calmed down and went about their business. I don't suggest just getting an ozonics machine. I typically do comprehensive scent control and ozonics is just one component. I was just pleased that tne ozonics seemed to work in my situation.

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#6929761 - 10/23/17 07:53 AM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 255
Loc: parker county
Originally Posted By: Texas buckeye
Whichever is down wind of the feeder.


^^^^^This right here^^^^

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#6929797 - 10/23/17 08:29 AM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
tShawnB Offline
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Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 1090
Loc: Forney
There is no such thing as scent control. You can't but anything that will eliminate your scent to the point of a deer not recognizing it. To that point, you go back to the time when man first hunted animal with stone ax and never took a shower and you always use the wind to your advantage, whether elevated or on the ground so either works from a scent perspective as long as your down wind. Unlike early man though, I do suggest you cook your meat.
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#6929807 - 10/23/17 08:36 AM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 10/17/11
Posts: 363
Loc: Round Rock/ Lometa
I did a little trick this season that seams to have worked really well. I cut a 3 foot section of old telephone pole that was soaked in creosote. Smelled like crap. I put it by my feeder a week before bow season. The hogs rolled it around a bunch and spread the scent all over. Two days before I started to bow hunt I rolled it over and put it on the prevailing downwind side of my popup. It may not make my scent go away but it smells like oil and hogs really bad by my blind, both of which the deer are now used to. I have had plenty of deer walk within five yards of my blind with me in it since placing it there. There may be easier ways to control scent but I had the pole laying in the yard so it was a quick job.

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#6929841 - 10/23/17 08:54 AM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 5106
Loc: Watauga, TX / Hunt - Eastland
I've used this method for years and it has worked for me more times than not.
If you have cattle on the ranch step in their fresh crap on your way to you're stand. This will help cover your tracks.
If you have cedar tree's on the ranch cut off some fresh branches and wipe them on your clothes and boots. Take some extra with you to the stand and crumble the leafs every so often.
This will keep fresh cedar smell around you while you hunt. Most of all hunt the wind up
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#6930048 - 10/23/17 11:54 AM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
spro Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/12/07
Posts: 150
Loc: Highland Village
Im a believer in Ozonics. Here is a video of a hunt my son and I did last week. We both got in the tree stand after working up a sweat doing lease work. Wind was blowing directly at the feeder. Normally would not do this but my son really wanted to hunt and I wanted to test out my new Ozonics. Deer came in from directly down wind and never smelled us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbIS8v85lB4

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#6930086 - 10/23/17 12:25 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
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Registered: 09/24/10
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Loc: Mansfield, Texas
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#6930237 - 10/23/17 02:40 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: longgunner]
D'hanis Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/28/17
Posts: 94
I think everyone has made the wind point. So I'll say in my experience, it seems like a ground blind does a little better job of controlling your scent from being dispersed as much. Just my opinion though

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#6930241 - 10/23/17 02:43 PM Re: question about scent control while bow hunting [Re: txshntr]
D'hanis Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/28/17
Posts: 94
Originally Posted By: txshntr


Great read, thanks for sharing. I've been on the fence about ozonics for a long time

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