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Scent Question

My father who taught me to trap always stressed to me about human scent around fox sets. I was wondering if anyone used a "scent away" product. Do you guys worry about scent?
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Re: Scent Question

I do not put down scent on purpose (spitting, urinating, etc) around my canine sets, but I do not think it really bothers them too badly.
Most areas have plenty of human activity (hunters, hikers, farmers, etc) so the animals are familiar w/ human scent.
I went through a period when I used scent away, but then realized location and clean traps were the key.
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Re: Scent Question

Everyone has their own opinion on this topic. In my opinion I think scent is important when it comes to canines but not important when it comes to coons.

For canines I boil and wax my traps and keep them in closed tubs until season. I even boil the tools I use at my set and my stakes. I always wear rubber gloves when handling the traps and while set making. I then wear a different pair of gloves to lure.

Some people use a kneeling bad or rubber to kneel on while making a set. I personally just wear hip boots because I run a mixed coon line. The hip boots are nice too because I dont have to worry if I move off a kneeling bad or piece of rubber.

I figure why not take all the steps you can to try to increase your catch. Controling scent to me is one of those steps along with finding the right location, and having both an appealing well made set. All in my opinion will help increase your catch.
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scent killer will just leave another "scent"

Now your diggin' where the 'tators are!
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when I was a youngster the fox trapping instructions had me paranoid about scent. Today I use little urine, set bare handed, kneel on a pad because of my arthritis, reset after possum catches and do about everything I was told not to 50 years ago and I catch fox. I don;t purposely leave sign or scent but I do not worry as much. On location...BEDDED/ properly...you will catch fox....more dig ups occur from poor bedding.
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when I was a youngster the fox trapping instructions had me paranoid about scent. Today I use little urine, set bare handed, kneel on a pad because of my arthritis, reset after possum catches and do about everything I was told not to 50 years ago and I catch fox. I don;t purposely leave sign or scent but I do not worry as much. On location...BEDDED/ properly...you will catch fox....more dig ups occur from poor bedding.
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when I was a youngster the fox trapping instructions had me paranoid about scent. Today I use little urine, set bare handed, kneel on a pad because of my arthritis, reset after possum catches and do about everything I was told not to 50 years ago and I catch fox. I don;t purposely leave sign or scent but I do not worry as much. On location...BEDDED/ properly...you will catch fox....more dig ups occur from poor bedding.
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Re: Scent Question

be as clean as you can. Proper setting, location, lure, bait are the key elements. You aren't going to eliminate all human scent just don't add extra

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