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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Each September I take my archery clothes out of my storage cabinet, wash them in Dead Down Wind or Baking Soda, hang them on the line to air dry for a few sunny days and place them in bags with leaves that are turning to fall colors. I like leaves with strong odor like maple. I rotate my hunting clothes after each hunt and hang them back out on the line after they are worn. I only wash them again, if they are worn on hot sweaty days. Then from the line back to leave bags if leaves are still available, if not I put them in air tight bags with an Earth Scent Wafers.
I have used Earth scent wafers hung on my hat while hunting since they first come out. I have about 2 dozen containers of 3 ea. I rotate them over the years. I still have some from the 80's which are strong. I find when they are stored in the air tight containers they came in they build back up in strength over time and can be reused for many years.
I do use Dead Down Wind spray, but mostly on my tree stand material, safety belts/vest and etc. that I can't store on the line because I am hunting with them each day. I do not like to use these sprays on my clothes because I believe in the essence of the leaves and wish to keep that scent on my clothes as long and strong as possible. I have accumulated a lot of archery hunting clothes over the years so I can hunt a lot of days with the benefit of having leaf scent clothing well into to the season but when this runs out and I am still hunting I tend to use the Dead Down Wind on my outer clothing especially if I am spending traveling time in my vehicle.
I do have some Scent Loc clothing which I have been wearing when I have taken most of my archery deer; however they are very old and I doubt they are currently any better scent killing quality then the cheap camo I have purchased over the years on sale or at discount stores. I just seem to be lucky when wearing them and they are quality garments and after numerous hunts they are in tip top shape. I believe the airing and natural leave scent is what works best for me and it is cheap.
Over the years I have purchased several sets of camo and a lot of under shirts, socks and warm underwear which I change every day or for the evening hunt in warm weather.
I shower down with scent elimination soap and use scent free deodorant each and every trip into the woods unless at a camp where facilities are not available in which case I wash with elimination soap and spray my body with Dead Down Wind then put on my air dried leaf odor hunting clothes. At home I have hunting towels which are also washed with scent elimination laundry soap.
Some may think this is too much for them; however, I am the type of guy who would rather be an hour early in a tree stand than one minute late. I have been doing this for a few decades, so it is second nature to me.
Last year I had 29 different bucks walk under or near my tree stand locations before I shot a 10 point on Halloween.
My way is not the only way and I am interested in what others have to reply. Good post to share valued information.