By Rachael Reginek-Krenz
What better way to hunt down or lure your prey than by deceiving your game’s sense of smell? We currently have the intelligence and technology to allow hunters to cover alarming scents and even lure trophy game straight to you. Most animals hunted have a sense of smell that is crucial to their survival; therefore it is very sensitive. If anything is altered in their environment that seems abnormal, instinct will spook the game away. There are many different approaches and products on the market that can make the difference in your future hunts.
A top-of-the-line scent control and eliminating device is the Ozonics HR 300. It exterminates human odor to prevent spooking game. Due to its quiet operation, you’re able to bring this anywhere in the field without having to worry about noise. The integrated pulse technology balances time and oxidant concentration to maintain a consistent output rate, never discharging too much or too little ozone. This product is designed to be easily operated, and can be used with gloves on and/or in the dark. It has EZ mount technology for quick and quiet mounting, and an improved Smart Battery designed for optimal per-session performance. The included Smart Charger maintains the battery capacity for an extended period of time and prolongs the batteries’ life.
The Kinetic Back Pack made by Ozonics is specially designed to lock in odors unfamiliar to wildlife. This durable backpack has padded shoulder straps, quiet dual zippers, and large finger pulls for easy use with gloves. For added convenience, this pack detaches at the top for the moments you only need scent elimination without the extra weight. Not only is there 1300 cubic inches of capacity, but it also includes two lower compression straps used for extra tag-along-items such as jackets, tri-pods, etc., and a compartment specially made for the Ozonics unit for some of the most effective odor elimination there is.
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The Dominant Buck Bomb from Wildgame Innovations uses urine from mature bucks to lure rutting bucks with aggression instead of lust. It can be sprayed in bursts to create mock scrapes, enhance existing scrapes, or add aromatic realism to buck decoys. It can also be set to deploy all at once to create a strong downwind scent trail. The Dominant Buck Bomb is also UV-enhanced with Glo-Cote. This ultraviolet additive creates a visual lure that deer can see in daylight or darkness.
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The new DUI scent spray by Scentblocker has a dual-action formula that attracts and relaxes big game with an alluring cherry-vanilla scent. This formula contains an organic root additive that intoxicates game and draws them in; this effect is almost habitual. The potent vapor relaxes deer so they don’t mind suspicious odors, and it actually extends the time that deer spend at feed sites or food plots, allowing for more time to get that perfect shot. It can also entices nocturnal deer to become more daylight driven.
If you’re not interested in using sprays, another route is the Deodarant Pill by Scent Blocker. It effectively controls human scent with odor-neutralizing copper chlorophyllin. It also contains a high potency of parsley and alfalfa concentrate to help control mouth odors. This is a great internal route if your concern is bodily odor.
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Scent Crusher offers a nifty device to eliminate odor on virtually any piece of equipment. The Ozone Equipment Station is a premium method for cleaning, drying, and eliminating odors by producing a chemical free drying method that rids things of odor, mold, mildew and viruses. This product includes heated air and ozone, as well as adjustable air pipes. Just set your gear on the pipes and the automatic timer shuts it off after up to 3 hours for scent free equipment. There is a 10-year life expectancy with no maintenance needed. It is designed to be small enough to be used in small mud rooms or a utility room.
The Scent Crusher Ozone Go is a great device used in your vehicle to remove odors and contaminants using ozone, which is chemical free. It can destroy odors in as little as 30 minutes, and the unit can be directly plugged into your vehicle’s 12-volt outlet for ease of use. This product includes an LED Ozone Emittance light, a 30-minute automatic timer with cycle generated ozone, and comes with a one-year maintenance-free warranty.
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Primos’ Control Freak is a dual-action collection of products that controls odors produced by bacteria and nonbacterial sources. It works on contact, instantly removing odors from clothing and equipment, and keeps them out for up to 24 hours. It works on all types of fabric and is safe for use in high-efficiency washers. The package includes an antiperspirant deodorant stick, bar soap, 12-ounce laundry detergent, 12-ounce shampoo and conditioner, 16-ounce spray, and a mesh bag.
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Hunter’s Specialties recently released their Blade drive which is one of the quietest scent delivery systems, and is effective at creating an aroma of cover scent or scent attractant. This product includes one wafer blade (additional ones can be purchased separately), a lanyard, and two AA batteries. One set of batteries will last up to 8 hours.
The Buck Bomb by Hunter’s Specialties is also a great lure that comes in a variety of scents specific for different game. The Doe in Estrus mixture contains fresh doe-in-heat urine, making it one of the most efficient ways to lure passing bucks through the peak of the breeding season. This method is useful and effective while in a stand or blind, or when stalking. It can also be used on scent trails or on decoys for added realistic qualities. The container also has the convenient NVERTR 180-degree ball valve to maintain short bursts, even upside down, and can also lock to prevent the release. The cloud of scent can travel up to a quarter mile in 3 mph speed wind.
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Wildlife Research Center’s Scent Killer Gold is formulated for maximum performance after it dries, meaning its scent-eliminating effects can last for multiple hunts. A study at Rutgers University found it blocked 99 percent of replicated human odors after being dry for 10 days. Its specialized blend of ingredients blocks a wide range of odors and prevents new odors from forming. It’s also available in field wipes, providing hunters with a convenient way to clean themselves and fight odors when showers aren’t available.
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The D/Code Unscented Field Spray is a specially formulated field spray produced by Code Blue. It has Silver Scent Technology, which uses medical-grade nanosilver particles that destroy 3 types of odor-causing bacteria, and inhibits the growth of more. This spray eliminates 99.9% of odor-causing microbes, even when it’s dry. This product contains natural ingredients, and is perfect for spraying on gear and apparel.
Code Red Whitetail Doe Estrous is premium, pure doe urine collected when the does are in heat. This product is great for pouring in scrapes to lure in bucks, and for Scent Drags when you are returning to your stand. This scent is primarily what rutting bucks search for during the season.
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The Nose Jammer Pro Pack includes a full assortment of anything you’d need for scent control. This pack includes 6-ounce bottle of Field Spray, 2.25-ounce deodorant stick, 16-ounce bottle of shampoo and body wash, and a 16-ounce bottle of laundry detergent. Eliminate your game’s sense of smell with nose jammer’s concentrated vanillin, as well as other natural compounds that hide your body odor and other foreign smells that scare off game. Their products are specifically formulated for North American woodland hunting; the smell is familiar to other animals and destroys other smells. The scent emitted from these products are naturally occurring scents that radiate off tress, plants and other things in the forest. Four layers of Nose Jammers Products are recommended to trick the senses of possible game by overloading their olfactory gland with a familiar, concentrated scent.
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