Human scent control may well be the hardcore deer hunter’s ace in the hole. Some hunters remain skeptical, most try as hard as they can to manage their scent in the field, and a few obsess about coming as close to perfection as possible. But no matter how dedicated you are to controlling your scent, one thing is for certain: scent control technology has changed the way we think about deer hunting.
Ultimately, there are two main ways to control human scent: eliminate or contain. When sweat, oils, and other organic secretions leave the human body, they carry a distinct odor with them. Many of these odors are indistinguishable to us, but throw up red flags of human stink to deer.
One way to prevent these odors is by eliminating them before they start. Some garment companies are using metal-infused, anti-microbial treatments in their baselayer clothing to kill odor-causing bacteria on the skin where it starts. Most clothing companies use activated materials such as carbon, Zeolite, or synthetic Trinity to adsorb renegade scent molecules.
Several manufacturers are producing scent-eliminating sprays that will prevent odors from forming, adsorb any rogue odors, or perform a combination of both. Even after all that, there are still more ways to deal with human odor in the deer woods. For a look at the best scent control technology on the market today, check out these 10 best scent control products right now.
Code Blue offers many choices in its line, such as a laundry ball, field wipes, scent eliminating sprays, laundry detergent, hair/body wash and dryer sheets. No matter the reason or need, Code Blue Eliminix with Silverzyme technology has the hunter covered.
With unique offerings such as lip balm, powder and a shower kit, Scent-A-Way also comes with the traditional sprays, liquids, wipes and deodorant. It also produces a carbon clean laundry detergent specifically designed to clean activated carbon hunting gear without ruining the integrity of the material’s adsorbtive powers. Hunter’s Specialties offers so many scent control products there are simply too many to list. One thing is for certain: if it stinks, they have a way to fix it.
Nose Jammer recommends using their field spray for 10 seconds at a time to make sure the animal’s nose is confused. Nose Jammer also has a line of human scent elimination products like its deodorant, hair/body wash and laundry detergent. All of these additional scent elimination products contain the same organic compounds found in their field spray.
The highly active ozone molecules bond with human odor molecules, rendering them useless and scent free. The nearby game animals will be in the “scent zone,” while the odorless ozone/human odor molecules will harmlessly float away.
Creating almost everything a scent free hunter could need, Control freak offers personal hygiene products like deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, liquid body soap and bar soap. Primos also has Control Freak aerosol spray, pump spray, laundry detergent, and dryer sheets for clothing, gear, boots and everything else you could imagine.
Adapted from the original formula, Scent Killer Gold dries quicker and is more concentrated, which makes it better in a real-world environment. Working similar to other sprays, Scent Killer Gold eliminates and prevents odors. Traditional Scent Killer is still available in a wide array of products, while the Gold comes in a odorless spray, autumn formula spray, clothing wash, body wash/shampoo and bar soap.
Powered by their Carbon Alloy technology, the Scent-Lok Commando line of pants, jacket, and gloves use a multi-layer approach. They start with a quiet, textured fleece placed in certain areas for warmth without bulk. The inner portion has a medium weight micro fleece for quiet comfort. Soft, warm, quiet, and scent elimination all wrapped in one—perfect for any deer-hunting commando.
Price: $280 (jacket), 270 (pant)
With Trinity evenly applied in a full coverage pattern throughout the garment, the Alpha jacket and pant set a new benchmark in scent control technology. The Alpha features insulated Silent Pro fleece for lightweight comfort and warmth, a water repellant treatment and a body lock feature to force odors through the garment.
Price: $195 (jacket), 172 (pant)
Using no metals, bleaches or salts, Tink’s B-Tech eliminates over 300 different odorous compounds from the body and hunting environment. The Tink’s B-Tech line includes scent eliminating spray, hair/body soap, and laundry detergent. Tink’s is confident that not only will its B-Tech products destroy odors, they will give deer hunter’s a certain edge in the field.
UA's Infrared Ridge Reaper jacket and pant are designed for an active hunting style. They are lightweight, soft, and quiet. Build for warmth and comfort, the infrared technology is designed to keep body heat in, and cold weather out. With moisture wicking capabilities and wind blocking technology, the Ridge Reaper gear is ready for anything.
Price: $199 (jacket), 179 (pants)