Scent Control Sprays Blacksburg VA
Local resource for scent control sprays in Blacksburg. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to scent control, bow hunting, tips for hunting, scent killer, scent eliminators, scent shield and information on hunting scents, as well as advice and content on scent elimination.
Hands On Soccer Academy
Nellies Cave Park
Roanoke Summer Sports Camps
Po Box 2033
Tangent Outfitters(540) 731-5202
1710 Hunters Rd
Dick's Sporting Goods(434) 832-5666
Dick's Sporting Goods(757) 249-2140
Patrick Henry Mall
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Newport News, VA
Hokie Soccer Experience at Virginia Tech
Backcountry Ski & Sports(800) 560-6401
3710 S Main St
Dick's Sporting Goods(434) 792-9612
145 Holt Garrison Parkway
Dick's Sporting Goods(757) 638-2001
Harbor View East
Dick's Sporting Goods(540) 834-4561
9721 Jefferson Davis Highway
Betadine; The Ultimate Scent Killer
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I will shower and scrub every inch of my body with a liberal amount of betadine on a washcloth. What this accomplishes is to kill the odor producing bacteria that lives on your skin. With the bacteria eliminated you can sweat profusely without any body odor (could come in handy on a first date too!). Being that it is an iodine based solution it does have an odor of it's own, so I always follow up the betadine scrub with a scent free soap.
Hope this helps you get a little bit closer to your quarry this fall....
Create Your Own Scent Control Sprays
I am always amazed at the amount of scent control products that exist on the market today. But they are there for a reason. Game animals have incredible noses and if you go out into the field smelling like body odor, summer sausage, gasoline and last night's Miller High Life fiasco you will probably not be punching a tag. Scent control sprays aren't cheap though. On a college student budget I had a serious need to alleviate at least some of my hunting costs. This is why I decided to make my own cover scents. The process is simple: gather plant species from the area that you will hunt and simmer them in a pot for an hour or two.
One big advantage is that you can tailor your cover scent to the specific area you are hunting. A sage brush dominated scent is not going to do the trick up in the krummholtz and a spruce/fir scent is going to be whiffed with caution by pronghorn down on the flatlands. I have two main recipes that I use with slight variation in either to tailor it to the specific site that I'm currently hunting.
∗∗For my lower country hunting I use a mixture of sage brush, antelope bitterbush, ponderosa sap and needles and native grasses such as blue gramma and muhly.
∗∗For my higher elevation stuff I will use spruce/fir or lodgepole pine sap and needles depending on the elevation to be hunted. I'll also throw in any understory forbs or grasses that might be present. Kinniknik is a good one.
Extreme Scent Control
Every hunter alive has probably read, heard or watched on television about the importance of personal scent control. It has been drilled into our heads to wash our clothes in unscented detergents and wash our bodies with soaps produced specifically with the big game hunter in mind. Unfortunately, there are still some hunters out there that know very little about the subject, and others that are still disbelievers as to how important it is to eliminate as much human related odors as possible. They feel that they have been successful without following a scent control program and using such products, so they believe it is all hype.
On the other extreme, there is the archery hunter. One of the most dedicated species of hunter alive, and in that category there are those like myself that take everything they do to an extreme. I have been called obsessed with it, and I will admit that I am just that, but with having a high success rate and having countless experiences with big game of many different species at close range, with a personal best of having a whitetail buck at a distance of three feet while at ground level for over 30 minutes. I take great satisfaction in knowing that I have successfully fooled the nose of one of the most wary animals in the wild. What makes up the term "extreme scent control?" I put practices to use in the category that many don't know about and even fewer put into practice.
Most everyone knows the importance of washing their clothes in the hunter detergents, washing their bodies in hunter soaps and shampoos and staying away from fuels like gasoline and kerosene. But to be truly extreme about your personal scent control, what do you have to do to become known as obsessed and ridiculous when it comes to this topic. Do what I do and you'll soon find out.
Scent control begins long before the hunt even begins. It begins in overlooked areas like where you store your equipment. Avoid storing treestands, clothing and other related equipment anywhere that they can come into contact with harmful odors, such as any kind of fuels or other human related odors that can permeate any fabrics that may be attached to the equipment. Store them in areas solely designated for hunting equipment, even if that means building a shed for that purpose alone.
Before you even wash your clothes, be sure to wash out the washer tub to remove any residual household detergents. Rinsing the entire tub and thoroughly cleaning the agitator where a build-up of detergents usually occurs is extremely important. Before placing your hunting clothes in the dryer, be sure to clean out the lint trap as a filled lint trap can create a back pressure of air which can push odors from previous fabric softeners and regular clothes washing back onto your hunting clothes. Also, use dryer sheets made specif...