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Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Lopez, Sullivan County
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.