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Scent control for wool

Greenhorn2

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Hello all, I’m new on this sight. So this year i want to control my scent better. I have studied John Eberhart’s scent control for awhile. What I have done in the past worked ok but not all the time. My question is this. I have a lot of wool Wich I like a lot. I would wash it in the summer and dry it on the line and then store in air tight containers. Then in the fall I would hang it in my cedar tree and oak tree and let my outside wood boiler get smoke on them for about a week . Then I would store in air tight container. I want to get some scent loc cloths to use . I am on a limited budget so price is important. Since I have all my wool for cold weather could I use my wool over a warmer weather scent loc suit ? That way I would only have to buy one scent loc suit. I do have rain gear and wind proof under garments as well. Also how do you scent proof a back pac since it can’t be put in a washer. Hand wash and let dry?? Please keep this topic on scent control. Thanks and be blessed
 

Allegheny Tom

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Hello all, I’m new on this sight. So this year i want to control my scent better. I have studied John Eberhart’s scent control for awhile. What I have done in the past worked ok but not all the time. My question is this. I have a lot of wool Wich I like a lot. I would wash it in the summer and dry it on the line and then store in air tight containers. Then in the fall I would hang it in my cedar tree and oak tree and let my outside wood boiler get smoke on them for about a week . Then I would store in air tight container. I want to get some scent loc cloths to use . I am on a limited budget so price is important. Since I have all my wool for cold weather could I use my wool over a warmer weather scent loc suit ? That way I would only have to buy one scent loc suit. I do have rain gear and wind proof under garments as well. Also how do you scent proof a back pac since it can’t be put in a washer. Hand wash and let dry?? Please keep this topic on scent control. Thanks and be blessed
Welcome to the site.
It isn't our clothing that deer smell, it's our odor on the clothes that the deer smell. If we properly launder our clothes, the will be as odor free as we can get them when they come out of a clean washing machine.

Try to look at odor in terms of "reduction" rather than "control". Reduction is a lot more involved than just washing clothes, but it just depends on how far you are willing to take your efforts. There are lots of details to address and even the details have details. Minimize all odors as much as you can. Alarming odors emanate from our bodies, so this all begins with hygiene. Once again...there are dozens of details to personal hygiene. Even showering has a best way of doing it. It's not just a matter of standing in the shower with "hunter's soap". Every little bit helps, but at the same time, don't expect to become odor free...it ain't gonna happen. But reducing odor in each and every place that we can, adds up to fewer and less intense odor busts. It also helps residual odor to dissipate sooner which will further help us to keep stand sites fresh.

For stuff that cannot be laundered regularly, invest in an ozone generator. Pretty much everything we use should be able to be washed, but it's not always feasible to wash certain things on a timely, regular basis. The inside of rubber boots is one example. Yes, you can and should give the inside of boots an occasional, thorough washing, but that's not really practical when we are using them on a daily basis. Treat them with ozone but don't store them in an ozone environment. Treat them, air them out, then store them in the tub.
Ozone is also good for deodorizing the inside of vehicles or other gear that cannot be washed. You can put gear inside your vehicle while you run the ozone in there...kill 2 birds.
 

Flee

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Last year I bought an ozone machine that is a residential or even small commercial type. It was maybe $100 but a much better machine than some of the cheap “hunting specific” machines. It takes maybe 20min to do a load of hunting clothes. I also used it in my laundry room that was getting a smell from the little bit more humidity and cat litter box etc. I used the ozone and the smell still is still good months later.

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Rick Harmon

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Mar 22, 2019
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I like a lot of John Eberharts ideas on scent control. But like you I'm in a tighter budget also. I suggest you watch his videos or read some of his articles on scent. You can look at his results and see what he does works. Here are some things I have done to help me.
I use the large storage quilt bags that you can vacuum the air out to store my clothes during off season. Cheaper than large air tight totes and less space.
I also get activated charcoal that is used in fish aquarium filters. Put in a old sock and put in container with my hunting clothes, backpack, and boots. Change charcoal out each season.
Never wear my hunting boots except to hunt. And only put them on when I'm getting out of truck to walk into woods.
These are just a couple of things I do. But I really suggest you watch John Eberharts videos. Here is one its long but good.



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JakeFromVirginia

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Nov 17, 2020
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I’ve tried the extremes of control, to not giving a hoot at all. What I’ve found is 1. storing my shoes and pants in a tote with a boatload of cedar wood blocks has helped with covering the scent I leave on the ground. 2. Everything else is a huge waste of time and money.

the CIA actually had a great study done and shared the docs online of how they were training dogs to scent a specific target. It’s pretty crazy how smelly we are and how there is nothing we can do about it. The article talked about the molecules and attempts to cover them up. Unfortunately I can’t find that article as the CIA site has changed to a new look recently. I’ll see if I can’t find it at work tomorrow.

ie, don’t worry so much about scent other than just play the wind and plan your entry and exits. be careful with ozone as I’ve heard it can wreck the durability of your clothes...
 

woodsdog2

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Hunt just off winds snd save all the hassle snd bs.
I tend to agree. Worrying about all the scent control to me is a big drag. I use free and clear for my clothes, I don't wear my hunting boots at the gas station etc. I use a scent reducing spray etc. but I try to watch the wind and access on the downwind side of my locations and hunt as high as I feel comfortable. When it becomes more of a chore than hunting, I try to revisit my systems.
 
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