Scent Control For Hunting Wild Hogs
We already know that hogs are smart. They have impeccable ears and noses. While it goes without saying that one must be completely still and quiet whilst hunting; scent control is a little less straight forward and more challenging. I wanted to share my scent control process. My process was through trial and error over a 6 month period. I finally got it right and it works for me. Here’s what I do:
A few days before the hunt I wash my hunting clothes in Scent A-Way. I run the washer empty on hot water with extra spin to cleanse it first. Then I wash my clothes in Scent A-Way. Once done, I take them out and AIR DRY them. That is a very important step. You don’t want the odors from the dryer to impregnate your clothes.
I then take a Rubbermaid tub and spray the inside down with Scent Block Spray. I then place the clothes in there until I arrive at the hunt location. Assuming you have a place to change clothes, this method will keep your clothes pretty odor-free.
Once I have the clothes on, I spray down with Scent Spray. It doesn’t really matter what brand you use but I use Dead Down Wind. I spray down liberally. Including the bottom of my boots. I also spray down my gun (taking care not to hit the scope lenses) and my hunting pack. I even open each compartment on the pack and spray inside. Once I’m all sprayed down I’ll get to the hunting location. Once there, and taking note of wind direction, I spray down every 45 mins to an hour. I do this in a way that keeps me quiet as to not create any impediment to hogs coming in.
While this may seem like a simple process, it is time-consuming and you have to really be thorough. The time I realized this was working effectively was when I was on a hunt where I set up on a ridge above a pond runoff channel. I was 15 yards from the creek where the hogs would come in. In addition, the wind was at my back. Any odors I had on me would blow right into the hunting area. I was intent on testing my process that night so I stuck it out. Well, the hogs came in and honestly, they didn’t know I was there! I chose a decent boar in the group and lowered the boom!
Bottom-line is to do what works for you. I just wanted to share in hopes it helps you bag more bacon.
In closing, I wanted to share this blog post from www.huntwildpig.com that goes into immense detail around scent control methods and options. I suggest you read it. I am going to try and implement some of those approaches going forward since scent control is a process…it’s never really done.