I have read some articles on using oak leaves to smoke your hunting clothing for scent control. I have also talked to one local hunter who uses this and swears by it. I am very particular about scent control and am very sceptical about this. Has anybody else heard of this or tried it???
I don't know of any one who does it that way but a lot of my friends take ceder bedding, the kind that you use for small animal cages and lay a bedding of that on the floor of the closet that they put there hunting stuff in. If their going to be in an area that has a lot of pines they will put in pine bedding instead. It seems to work for them. Never heard them say that they have been busted when a deer was sniffing the air.
I have never tried it, but I think ill give it a shot next weekend and see what happens. To be honest I am not very big on scent control I just play the wind most of the time and use cover scent. This has worked well for my even this year the first deer I killed I shot at less than 10 yards from me and I was on the ground. I have found that deer are like cattle and as long as you work with them all year around keeping your feeders fill the deer will start looking for you and not run off. most of the time when I am filling feeders the deer come running in to about 50 yards of the feeder and just stand there and watch me put out the feed. I have even had them follow my truck to each of the feeders.
bell0347 is correct... smoking is a centurys old tradition that is very effective, given the right circumstances... factors include, the area you are hunting, type of wood burnt, and playing the wind. firstly, don't burn maple or cherry when hunting oak stands... burn the type of wood native to the area you will be at... pine bark chips go in all my storage lockers and bags at the end of the season, i will wash my clothes late summer and they go in a bag/box closet with charcoal to absorb the detergent smell, then hang them on the line and build a fire at camp burning local wood... i know some guys buy all the latest and greatest scent lok technology... read it, it contains activated charcoal (or some derivative of it)... i just cant see purchasing a $200 suit, when i can buy a simple camo suit for less than half that, wash it normally and use a couple charcoal bits to store it and smoke them in the morning or evening at camp...
Well a friend of mine and I tried a bee smoker that he had at his farm from the days they kept bees to polinate the apple tree's. We didnt get busted and saw no adverse affects from the scent. We took a doe during bow season and shot a coyote the evening before Thanksgiving.( the huge pile of turkey guts helped with the coyote) We used oak leaves in the smoker and covered as much of our clothes and gear as we could including our climbing stands. Would have to say the wind conditions were less than perfect and the deer should have busted us. My opinion would be that this does work but we will still do our best to play the wind to our favor.
You know I have read that the native american's figured this out long ago. The ritual pre hunt dancing ceramonies around large fires were not just for show or religous beliefs. The smoke is a natural smell and covers up BO. The next morning prior to hunting I have read also they would rub there bodies with ashes from the fire the night before. A natural carbon scent absorbing suit!