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    Through my experience the scent elimination products work for the first part of a hunt, but as soon as you hit the mountains and start to hike there is not much that is going to keep you "scent free". I think there are things you can do to help mitigate your scent such as the things that the previous posts mentioned. If you are truely wanting to pack something in with you on your hunt I would go with one of the scent powders that you can just mix with water once you get to your destination, so you don't have to pack the weight of the extra H2O with you. Good luck!
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    No, It's not worth the weight, like others said, play the wind right and thats all you need! Deer can smell right through the spray
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    I agree with Old Hunter that your breath is the main problem, and that's why scent elimination products don't work. I do believe that masking can help a bit though. Mixing your scent with pine, fresh earth, or whatever can be a little help. I read an article about a (not-so-scientific) test in one of the outdoor mags in the last year or so (I think F&S). They pretty much concluded that scent elimination had little effect on a dog's ability to find a human, but masking problems slowed the dog down a bit. I also think masking products are more effective in heavily hunted (or otherwise used by humans) areas where animals are used to smelling humans a bit and if they catch a weak wiff they may mistake it for smelling a human that passed through a while ago. Animals that are not habituated to humans probably react on even minor scent, meaning partial masking useless. (My experience is with whitetails)

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    Elk have a really good nose. Even a slight whiff, and they're gone. My efforts are to play the wind 100% of the time. If it's swirling? You're busted no matter what you do about your scent.

    Scent control is an industry hustle. Just like camo clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hunter View Post
    Scent control is an industry hustle. Just like camo clothing.
    Amen and amen.

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    I have never used anything for odor control unless it gets bad enough I can't stand myself. Actually water and soap every day or every other day will take care of problem and the water temp in the creek doesn't seem to matter at that point. Builds character I think. I also wash my cloths since everything is polyester or nylon and dries fast. To avoid being detected I do what Chippy Hacky does and just watch the wind. When the wind shifts, usually around 10:00 to 10:30, it confuses the elk to. I had a herd almost run over me about that time once, trying to get away from me after they caught my scent. I don't wear camo clothing either. That can work if you don't want to be detected by people, but everything else picks up on movement.
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    not a fan of the sprays but hunter specialty makes scent waffers that are pretty cool. every smell u can thunk of from skunk, yes skunk to acorns pine and on and on. my fav is the estrus urin. you have a horny bull 45 yards out questioning the smells and he gets a wiff of that estrus.... he will step out and investigate. the waffers come in a small can bout 1" wide and 1' tall, bout 6 waffers in each. they do work as far as helping you blend in the teerain but nothing will rid our horrid human scent.

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    If I had to smell like a skunk to hunt. I'd go fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hunter View Post
    If I had to smell like a skunk to hunt. I'd go fishing.
    Ha,What about elk urine?
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    Almost as bad. I'll just smell like me and hope for the best.

 

 

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