To Cover Scents, or Not To Cover Scents
Many people swear by cover scents and others wear motor oil soaked bib overalls that they wore at work for a week, O.K. maybe not that farfetched, but you all know the guy I’m referring to. At times in the past it was me wearing those work duds out on a hunting trip, I just had nothing else warm and didn’t think twice about the diesel fuel and tractor grease odors that were being lofted downwind from me at all times. In the more recent years the availability of cheap odor absorbing cover scents led me to purchase some for a test. I bought a so called bargain pack which contained scent absorbing spray, body soap (do not use in hair, trust me!), odorless laundry detergent, a large zip-lock style bag for your washed clothes and some fresh earth scent dryer sheets. It’s amazing how they capture the essence of dirt in a fragrance; I personally would prefer pine scent or something other than what I smell all day at work when excavating …LOL...
After I bought my first kit and some other spray brands, I followed the directions on the products to the key and went hunting, but I realized I have a major conundrum on my hands now. How was I to prove these products work without some sort of scientific equipment measuring the human scent particles (or what have you) filling the air around me. I can say “I didn’t smell me”, but we all know animals smell hundreds of times better than we do. Thanks to T.V., the Discovery Channel to be exact, they did a segment on a program just like I’m trying to do but they took it a notch higher by also implementing the use of charcoal infused clothing (one popular brand that I know is Scent-lok) along with the soaps and sprays. I could never drop that kind of cash that they charge for the Scent-lok clothing brand. One man used all the products the proper way and wore the special clothes, he then ran into a field with several large boxes, he moved and touched most of them before he settling under one to hide, then a scoundrel sniffing German Sheppard was brought on the scene who almost immediately picked the box this guy was hiding under. This dog accomplished the task with little to no effort at all. I almost believe these products are only made for a ‘self confidence booster’ if you will, or maybe just to help mask a worse funk (ash tray) than the one you spray on(chemical dirt).
What products do you use (if any)?
Have you ever tried natural cover scents (star anise, pine, dirt), if so, what and how?
If you do use some sort of cover scent or gear, are you really confident they work?
In years past I always stored my winter gear in large boxes with some pine boughs and native soils on the bottom, just to keep that dank basement odor off of them.
It seems that many of us are always looking for an advantage to increase our odds of being undetected by mother nature’s creatures, but is it even possible and does it really matter? Over a hundred years ago how many hunters had clean clothes or even took a shower on a weekly basis. And in their photos you’ll see five guys and 20 deer hanging from a rack in the background. Seems to me it really might not be all too important for deer.
I hope my circumstantialities didn’t get in the way of injecting the point of this post…..lol…..
One final thought to ponder.................
If a chemical spray is to be odor absorbing yet is scented like fresh earth, how is this possible? Wouldn't it just absorb the earth scent as well, right inside it's own container?
Thanks for reading, and responding
if you feel so inclined.
Bill… A.K.A. Big Willy