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    Smoke Feedback

    Ok once and for all i would like to hear real experience on smoking up to the guys here that do it, What have you seen different before you smoked up to now that you do , or have done, Do the deer act any different? Have you done this and hunted on the ground , and had them down wind. What are some of the reactions you have seen? I would realy like to know.
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    I never hit the woods without smoking.This is my 3rd year doing so, and it has never failed me yet.. (from what i know) .Killed my buck from last year and he came in to 17 steps from my stand and was directly down wind ...i was a skeptic at first ...but now its part of my hunting religon....good luck ...

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    Uhhh....yeah.....well if you are hunting bordering properties to where I hunt....smoke doesn't work worth diddly.....actually women's perfume works best!!

    On a serious note, I have been using smoke for 3 previous seasons now. The first year I was very skeptical and took all my Scent Blocker and Scentlok stuff and put it away in a tote and only smoked some old camo I had. By the end of that season I had all of my carbon clothing smoked. I had encounter after encounter with deer downwind of me and if they smelled anything they seemed to become more curious and soon just disinterested in worrying about it. The first encounter that convinced me that first year was when I went in to hunt near a bedding area there in Ohio. I sat on the ground and got up next to a deadfall. Soon a doe and two fawns came up the hill exactly where I had just walked 1/2 hour before and soon they were directly downwind of me at less than 10 yards. The doe kept sniffing the air and could clearly smell something. She snorted a couple of times, not the loud alarming sound though as her fawns continued feeding and walking slowly. Soon she and her fawns slowly fed up in front of me and bedded about 40 yards away. I just sat there dumbfounded.

    Last year, my biggest buck ever came in from behind me....directly downwind. First time I spotted him he was at less than 15 yards away. I was up in a treestand that put me only about 10 ft. higher than him due to the ridge he was on. Had no clue I was there as he came around for the shot.
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    I have found deer spook on camels but come right in Marlboro lites

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    I was a skeptic for a few years before I finally decided to give it a shot. My routine is similar to a lot of bowhunters, in that my clothes, undergarments, packs, harness, etc. are washed regularly in scent free detergent. They're all kept inside of plastic totes. Boot are as well. Everything I take into the woods I try to be as diligent as possible not to contaminate with household smells (pets, anything fragrant, garage odors like gas, etc). I shower before every hunt and try to use scent free soaps & deodorants throughout most of the bowhunting season even when I'm not hunting so that residual odors from other soaps aren't present.

    I don't wear any hunting clothes while I drive to the places I hunt. Everything remains sealed in their containers until I get to the spot I'm hunting. Then I change clothes, outside, no matter if it's 70 degrees, or 0 degrees, 4:00 AM in the morning or 2:00 PM in the afternoon. my hunting clothes don't see the inside of my truck (even though I wipe it down with scent free wipes, and wash my seat covers in scent free detergent). As I'm getting ready I grab a handful of oak chips, toss them in the smoker, and fire it up with a torch. It's ready to go in minutes and I smoke myself, my layers as they're getting put on, and my gear. Put out the smoker, and hunt.

    It's just a part of my routine that I allow time for, just like a lot of folks spray down. I sparyed down for years too, and was skeptical about using a smoker, but I can tell you first hand that it flat out works. I've had deer that ended up down wind of me, smelled the smoke, then just relaxed and went about their business. This has happened enough times in the field that I'll have a tough time about taking this out of my routine. You're never, ever, ever going to completely fool a deer's nose unless the wind is in your favor. That's it, but the smoke smell kills odor causing bacteria, prevents new odors from forming, and masks the human scent that you can never, ever, ever completely eliminate. No matter how often you try to hunt the perfect wind, there will be times when it changes direction, swirls, or shifts from what the forecast said. I always try to put every variable I can in my favor, and this is just another one of those things that can help make a difference.

    Couple pics on how I smoke up...

    On of my storage totes has a hole cut in the side the same size as the smoker nozzle. After I'm done smoking it up, I cover the hole with a piece of duct tape.



    I keep the lid closed, put the tote in the back of the truck, and head out to hunt. On some of the close spots near home, there will still be smoke in the tote when I arrive at the farm.



    This was smoking up a ground blind to put out and take my kids hunting last late season.



    I'll hang up my clothes, gear, and anything going into the woods. Then just let the smoker do it's thing.

    "I'm no scientist, but I might be onto something here. Over the past few years I've noticed that there seems to be a direct correlation between hunting season and angry wife season." - Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by packerfan1094 View Post
    I have found deer spook on camels but come right in Marlboro lites
    Do a little research packerfan1094 and you will see the smoke WE are talking about really is no joke! Welcome BTW!!
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    As far as my regiment goes it's very similar to Curran's. The only thing I would like to add is I have a few towels and wash cloths that I wash in scent free detergent just like my hunting clothes and then I smoke them up just as well. When I get out of the shower that's what I wipe down with. On hunts where I have been short on time and didn't have time to fire up the smoker I take one of those smoked up wash cloths and wipe my face, hair, hands, arms, etc. down before getting dressed.
    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
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    I really appreciate the time you guys took to explain it and your experience . This really fascinates me , It really goes against how i have approached the entire SCENT FREE for years. I was washing clothes to get them scent free before scent free crap was on the market. I used Arm & Hammer soda and no scent deodorant , as well as a no scent bar soap which wasnt always easy to find. I tell ya i may cut a hole in the box and step out a little bit from it..... I think out of the box when hunting alot of the time , which has paid off . I tell ya i think i may try this , i will have to test it on eye level with the deer , I watched the videos in a tree stand Not sold on it watching those , thats why we climb mainly anyway is to get our Stink off the ground. Watching tree stand hunts i cant feel the down currents blowing on my neck soo. That is why i wanted to ask here , i knew a few had used it and spoke of it a while back they were going to try it. So its been kinda BURNING ha in the back of my mind since .. AGAIN thanks for taking the time to post your experience .
    BIG-HOLLER THANKS FOR YOUR EXTRA TIP! I WILL LOOK INTO "JEAN NATE" I SORTA LIKE THE LEMONY SMELL FROM THAT ONE , RECKON IT WILL WERK? I am torn tween the two options HA!
    "He is no fool who gives up what he can not keep,
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    I will have to say this is a new one on me,sounds like it may work.Just an old story here of a guy I know that insists that smoking a cigar while hunting has brought interested deer in very close to see what that strange smell is.I can believe it in some cases????

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    wow and at 30 dollars fro that smoker i think i will try it do you think apple chips would work or walnut

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