Activated Carbon Scent Control

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  1. chiefsdude4

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    I’ve recently started hunting over the last couple of years and while rifle hunting I have tried several scent control products and haven’t been completely satisfied with any particular product. I realize the importance of scent control and have tried DDW, Scent A-way, and Scent Killer. I have even gone to the extent to make my own spray, wash my clothes in baking soda, among other things.

    This year on my first bow hunt I was hunting private land and I was in my stand when a nice 10 came in through the thick timber. I watched him and as I sat there waiting for an opportunity to draw he turned his head away from me....I then stood up and drew....I couldn’t take the shot though because a small tree with some greenery on it was in the way. About 10 seconds later he turns and looks my direction, all I knew is that I needed him to move 6 to 12 inches to place the arrow in a kill area. As I was holding the bow back for 3-4 minutes I knew something was wrong when I could see him sniffing the air and staring my direction. At the end of that 3-4 minutes he turned and ran back through the thicket without taking a step forward and the rest is history. That day this last weekend has haunted me but also gave me an even greater respect of the Whitetail deer and it’s impeccable scent capabilities.

    Since then I have done some research and I have found how great activated carbon can be to adsorb odor. I realize that there’s clothing brands infused with activated carbon, silver, and zeolite....but I don’t want to invest the money into those clothing brands yet. I have heard that some guys have taken activated carbon and done different things to infuse it into their hunting clothing. Now, one thing I haven’t seen much of is the success of using these precautions. Are there any hunters out there that have used activated carbon powder that can document the success of it? What are your experiences.....good or bad?

    Thanks!
     
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    There is no product made that will defeat a deers nose.
     
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    I saw no difference when I went from normal to scent lok suit. I did see difference when I implemented a full blown scent regimen. Including scentless soaps, dressing properly to avoid perspiration, and using ozone. And to me most important is entry/exit to my stands and trying not to take too many chances on hunting iffy winds


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    Yeah I know there’s not, just doing what I can to adequately manage my scent. I’m gonna get busted no matter what sometimes.
     
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    I went away from scent lok to go to a berber fleece. I am a scent control nut I set up a tent when I hunt. I store my camo and bow and gear in the ozone scrubbed tent. I will not hunt if I do not shower first, I spray down every layer and wear 2 layers at a minimum and tuck in and over lap layers. I do not have to travel to hunt and that is a great advantage. I ozone treat my clothes and gear before every hunt in the tent not as tightly confined so I have not had any ozone degeneration.
     
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    I use activated carbon in my boots and will use it as camo on my face and hands that and the DDW body and laundry soap I wash all the clothes and towels then the DDW deodorant I do the ozone in a tent as well for some of the clothing. I still hunt my locations based on the wind as the number one factor. In my suburban setting I think it helps. Every stand I hunt on 24 ac is in the scent cone of a home :confused:
     
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    I haven’t gotten into anything ozone related yet. If I ever get into it, I’ll have to definitely consider your method....seems pretty legit.
     
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    Awesome! Do you feel like your activated Carbon method makes a significant difference in the number of deer you’ve seen?
     
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    There is a system and many products that greatly reduce your scent signature. Basically what the system and products do when used properly is knock your scent down to a level where the deer think you are a long way off or you were there a long time ago. The biggest culprit that gets you busted is your breath. After many such encounters I can honestly tell you this is the area where Ozonics really proves it's worth.
     
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    After hearing so much from everyone about Ozonics in this thread and outside of it....I’m gonna have to invest in it. It seems like the go-to now.
     
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    Scent Killer all day Long
     
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    I've really considered and wanted to purchase an Ozonics unit but man are they expensive. Even on Amazon the HR-200 is $367 and the HR-300 is $446. I know we've all spent almost triple for a bow but, it's not an easy purchase.
     
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    Actually I just went to the Ozonics website and they have a limited time offer of $100 off either unit making the HR-200 $299 and HR-300 $399. I just might have to go get my wallet out of my truck. Hmmmm.
     
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    I shower with DDW soap/shampoo, dry off with a DDW laundered towel, use DDW deodorant, I wear ScentBlocker gear, use Scent Crusher in my truck, and spray down with DDW spray just before going to the stand. That's my process and works pretty well for me. That said, if deer don't smell you, you either have the wind in your favor in addition to your scent prevention/cover methods or you got lucky. I do all that so I can hunt in unexpected or undesired winds and sometimes I can tell that they smell something but I don't think they attribute it to me being a human because they don'y leave and it's just enough to prevent them from blowing, snorting, and running off. Fortunately I haven't had that happen in a few years now. Bumping them while walking to the stand on the other hand...
     
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    I know it helps reduce foot odor and is a proven scent absorbing medium that said I had a spike 10 ft from the stand two times as he circled me Sunday AM never winded me. Some luck and certainly the preparation helps :bhod:
     

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