With my hotel room in Pikeville, KY being my studio and the Go Pro being my camera, I finally got around to making the last video for this series on scent control. During the previous 2 parts I talked about what I do to eliminate my body scent and keeping my clothes and equipment scent-free. In this final part, I talk about some of the things I pay attention to when it comes to hitting the woods to actually hunt. I apologize in advance for the bad camera work (held it in my hand the whole time and didn't pay enough attention to where it was pointing) as well as the less-than-stellar audio from the Go Pro's mic, but hopefully everyone enjoys it and sees some new ways of looking at things.
Even a cramped storage closet and bad lighting couldn't stop me from getting the second part of my scent control video blog series out to you guys. I pretty much covered everything I do when it comes to clothing and equipment and hope that it gives some new ideas and tips to everyone. Watch it and leave a comment, you know you want to!
I mentioned in this past weeks video blog "Scent Control - My OCD: It's All About the Body" that I make my own scent away spray now. I had originally found the recipe in Field & Stream years ago and just never got around to making any. So without further ado, he is the recipe, via Field & Stream, that I use:
2 cups (16 oz) 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
2 cups (16 oz) Distilled Water
1/2 (.5) cup Baking Soda
1 oz Unscented Shampoo or Soap (I prefer a clear type of the scent killing kind)
Gently combine all the ingredients in a large bowl until the baking soda dissolves. Pour this mixture into a 1-gallon lidded container, such as a milk jug. Let it sit for three days with the lid on loosely to allow gases to escape.
Fill a plastic bottle that has a trigger sprayer with the scent killer. It must be clean, so buy a new one from a hardware store or online (usplastics.com).
Want to make your own wipes? Just follow the Field & Stream link above to read how. You can also check out this thread on Archerytalk.com for other recipe ideas. Now what if you also want to make your own cover scents? Well if you head on over to NCHuntandFish.com, forum member Rye has a started a thread on how he makes his own as well as where he buys the essential oils from. Hopefully this helps you guys out who use scent away sprays and cover scents religiously.
As hunters, one of the most important things we have to take into account is our scent. Whether it is just making sure to only hunt certain stands in a certain wind or getting very in-depth in eliminating your scent like me, we all have our ways of making sure our quarry can't smell us (or smell us as good as they could). What was originally going to be one article has transformed into a 3-part video blog series, mainly thanks to me accidentally hitting the back button while typing it up and losing all my hard work. First up is my take on fighting body odor and I have a few things I need to point out. One, I touch on wearing sweat wicking clothing in it, but I'll be going more in depth into that segment of my scent control regiment in the next part of this series. Second, what I forgot to say is that I use the unscented wash to have no outside scent at all and that, before a hunt, the soap I'll use is the bacteria and scent killing ones you see at your local hunting stores; just wanted to clarify that for any of you that might not know what I was talking about or understood why I do the things I spoke about. So give it a watch and be on the lookout for the other ones in the coming weeks.
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