Total scent elimination is a never-ending process for the meticulous whitetail bowhunter. Over the years, I’ve managed to adopt an approach that has done wonders for my ability to keep from being scented by deer.
Each year, approximately one month before the season opens, I start taking scent-elimination tablets internally (chlorophyllin copper complex) — they’re available at most pharmacies.
I also go over my gear and make sure that everything that I will be taking afield is as scent-free as possible — especially my fanny pack, daypack and backpacks.
During the season, I shower with scent-eliminating soap before going afield. I also make sure that all my clothing has been washed in scent-eliminating soap, then (preferably) dried in the open-air. Finally, I wear as little clothing as possible on my trek to my treestand to remain cool and perspiration free.
My last step of the process consists of the donning of a Scent-Lok suit before settling in for my vigil.
Overkill? … possibly … effective? … definitely!
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Eddie Claypool provides weekly tips on bowhunting, with an emphasis on whitetails. Over the past dozen years, Claypool has harvested 23 Pope & Young recordbook whitetails. Six of the deer were taken on public ground, with the rest coming from private ground that he accessed through knocking on doors. He has not been guided on a hunt, or hunted on managed properties. He also has hunted many other species of game including elk and mule deer.