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post #1 of 82 (permalink) Old 05-25-2017, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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A scent cover theory i would like to try !

All this stuff we are told we should use to cover our scent can run into some money !
What i would like to try is this?
I would like to just be able to hang my hunting clothes for a few weeks in a cattle or horse barn just so as to smell like a barn or live stock !
Just have to make sure there are no spiders in it!
What do you folks think ?
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post #2 of 82 (permalink) Old 05-25-2017, 05:51 AM
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smells fishy. Probably work if you're hunting around cattle. Guys hang their stuff in pine trees.
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Hunting around cattle !!!!! How much hunting is to be done here in Pa. that there are no live stock around ??

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Yes, people step in meadow muffins on purpose on the way to their stands as well. I store my hunting clothes with pine branches. Does it work? I'm sure it makes your clothes smell more like other things than clothes. But, at the end of the day, you are still in those clothes. So, the deer would smell human and cattle.
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May be "easier" to smoke your clothes. Many guys swear by it. May not work for "mountain" deer but suburban deer or at least deer that are fairly close to houses with wood burners should be used to that smell.

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In the deer magazines, I read all the stories about guys and the booner bucks that they shot. Most of them describe their insanely OCD scent-control methods. They also all say they only hunt the stand when the wind is perfect. And the buck always comes in from upwind.

They never say that they hunted the stand in the wrong wind and that the buck was standing right in their scent stream. Never. There's the occasional: "if I didn't get a shot soon, he would likely cross downwind of me". But none of these guys tell of a buck standing downwind and not smelling them.

So.....do all the cover scents work? My guess is they help a little. Maybe 5%, 10%. But you still can't have a deer downwind and expect him not to smell you.

I have read that humans smell a cake. A deer smells flour, sugar, eggs, etc.... if that's true, cover scents don't cover. They just accompany your own scent.
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a buddy of mine used to work on a dairy farm, we hung our hunting clothes in a side room and they smelled like like the inside of that barn. never spooked the deer, it works.

but you also need to be as clean as possible too.

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Bohunr, i just have an idea it would work. How often do deer run from a farmer they see or smell everyday.
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Bohunr, i just have an idea it would work. How often do deer run from a farmer they see or smell everyday.
I would say every time if he was in the woods.
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Even a woodlot 500 yards away, in view of the barn, doesn't smell like the inside of a barn. Introducing any sort of odor to an environment, where you plan to pursue a creature that spends its entire life, is just a poor idea. There's no masking human odor to deer.
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