I have witnessed many a hunter debate this topic.
Every hunter knows that if you play the upwind/downwind game correctly, you could smell like a soiled diaper covered in burned hair and still be successful. In other words, if you stay downwind of your animal, they won’t smell you.
However, go to any sporting goods store and you will undoubtedly find an aisle of scent free deodorant, scent free cover up spray, scent free laundry detergent, scent free dryer sheets, scent free shampoo, conditioner, soap, lip balm…you name it, they’ve got it.
But is it really worth it to buy all of this stuff?
Personally, I say yes.
I can’t say with certainty that any animal I have killed while using scent free products, I would have also been able to kill had I not been scent free.
But I’d rather not take my chances 🙂
You hunt, sometimes for days at a time, and finally you get one opportunity to take an animal….do you want to take the chance of them smelling you?
Most scent free hunting products might not be worth it. But for just a few dollars per season, what’s the harm in using them?
I know that if I were to hike up and down ridges for 8 hours a day, three days in a row, and I don’t have some form of deodorant on…no animal, no human, no skunk would be comfortable around me. So I load the pits up with my scent free deodorant each morning before I start my journey.
My wife loves floral scented laundry detergent…or is it fruit scented? Either way, it’s just not natural. Do you think that big bull elk will hang around if they catch a whiff of my Island mango lilac berry sunrise scented clothing?
The answer is no.
For probably $40, you could buy all of these products and they will last you several years. Is it worth $10 per season to make sure that big bull doesn’t smell you? I believe it is. The products might give me an advantage, they might not, but the peace of mind makes it a worthwhile investment for me.
So I cover my bases and use it all: cover up spray, laundry detergent, hair and body wash, deodorant, and lip balm. Call me a sucker. Call me the reason these companies spend so much on marketing. Call me whatever you want. All I know is that I’ll be able to call you to join me for a delicious elk burger at my house after hunting season 😉