Science and technology are always changing. The hunting industry is no exception. Every year manufacturers showcase the latest products that are either new or improved based on the ever-changing needs of the evolving hunter. I am a fan of technology; whether it is the latest smart phone and accessories or the newest bow on the market; I want to know about it. We have come a long way even from the cordless house phone to where we are to today. Call it progress or just the way of the world. Scent elimination products have rapidly changed along with everything else. Gone are the days of using animal urine to cover your scent. Today’s technology attempts to eliminate scent all together.
I recall when I first started hunting not knowing the first thing about scent control. A second thought never occurred that the wild game we sought could outsmart us simply by smelling the waterfall mist bar soap, the fruity scented shampoo, or the fresh breeze laundry detergent. These things didn’t become evident to me until I became a bow hunter and hunted on my own. I quickly learned that it took more than just spending time in a tree stand to be successful.
The standard at the time was some powdered laundry detergent that I would still use to this day, a slimy body wash and shampoo that left my skin feeling like I had bathed in oil, and a scent eliminating spray made by a local manufacturer. These products were all available at my local hunting shop. Through trial and error I found I liked bar soap and a two in one shampoo conditioner and a field spray. Eventually I also purchased a carbon based scent elimination suit feeling this would be the best way to gain an advantage over the deer’s sense of smell.
Some people say it is better to be lucky than to be good, but I’m not going to take my chances when it comes to harvesting a trophy animal. Scent elimination is now like second nature to me. I will not hit the tree stand without first being scent-free. My scent free regiment includes laundering my scent elimination suit and other clothing items in scent eliminating laundry detergent, using field spray on not only my clothes but on my mask, gloves, boots, and back pack, and taking a scent free shower.
I was introduced to Upwind Odor Control Products at a trade show. Being skeptical, I asked how Upwind would improve my scent control as I already used scent eliminating clothing. I was told it would only make it better. My interest in finding the latest products made me want to find out for myself. In order to follow my scent elimination routine, I put the laundry detergent, field spray, and body wash to the test.
How it works:
As educated as I am, I will not pretend to be a scientist in explaining how Upwind Odor Control Products work. We all know deer have a heightened sense of smell; that is why it is so difficult to fool them. “Play the wind” is what we have been taught as deer hunters, but who hasn’t sat in the stand with a wind shift or swirling winds? We as humans carry tons of different smells unintentionally. Covering up odors is not sufficient. Odors need to be eliminated. Upwind Odor Control Products use copper ion technology for oxidation to remove odors. Upwind products are safe, non-toxic, and non-irritating to your skin. Upwind Odor Control Products are most effective when the laundry detergent, hair and body wash, and field products are used as an entire scent elimination system.
Field Tested Products:
32oz Upwind H-E Laundry Detergent:
I typically only like to wash my hunting clothes after several hours of wear, if they are soaking wet, if I have perspired through them such as when tracking a deer, or if they are soiled with mud from falling, walking on muddy paths, or after becoming soiled from field dressing harvested game. Be sure to wash your clothes in cold water and small loads adding two or three ounces of Upwind H-E Laundry Detergent per load. After laundering with Upwind Laundry Detergent, my clothes smelled like nothing. Other detergents I have used leave a smell of nothing but with a hint of some form of chemical.
Tip: When planning a weekend hunt, I try to wash enough socks and under clothes for the entire weekend.
8oz Upwind Hair and Body Wash:
Upwind Hair and Body Wash is as easy to use as taking a shower. Use Upwind Hair and Body Wash in place of your regular soap, body wash, and shampoo and conditioner. Lather Upwind Hair and Body Wash then rinse. The hair and body wash leaves my skin feeling clean with no residue or any type of smell. I’m and pretty simple girl, I just wash and blow dry my hair on a daily basis. I found my hair was as manageable and easy to brush as if I had used my normal two in one shampoo and conditioner.
Tip: Wash your towel and wash cloth in scent free laundry detergent so the smell of your regular laundry detergent is not transferred after your scent free shower.
32oz Upwind Odor Eliminator Trucker Botlle Field Spray:
Field spray is pretty easy to use. Just spray your clothing, boots, and almost anything else you are carrying to the woods. I have to drive everywhere I hunt. Typically I wear my base layers and put everything else in my scent tote to avoid getting the odors from my vehicle on my hunting clothes. After arriving at the property I’m hunting, I get my hunting clothes out of the scent tote. Once I have my hunting clothes on, I spray down with the field spray being sure to spray my boots, gloves, face mask, and back pack. Once I get to my stand I like to spray down again just as an added measure to keep my scent to a minimum. The thirty-two ounce bottle can be refilled with Upwind X32 Odor Eliminator Super Concentrate.
Tip: Dressing in layers is important when you hunt in cold weather. After spraying down my jacket and jacket liner, they are placed in my pack so I am not sweating while walking to my stand and creating more human odor.
I field tested these products for the first time on an early season bow hunt in Missouri. In preparation for the hunt. I made sure to wash all my clothes in Upwind H-E Laundry Detergent. My first sit in the stand made me a believer in Upwind Odor Control Products. Before leaving for my stand, I sprayed down with Upwind Odor Eliminator. I sat in a cottonwood tree watching deer after deer enter the soybean field I was hunting. The wind was gusty, up to 35mph. I had deer directly down wind from me at five yards that had no idea I was in the tree stand. Two deer stood directly under the stand. The deer only spooked after I attempted to pull up on a large doe in front of me. I watched a small buck walk in front of me and again get down wind in strong wind gusts. The young eight point had no idea I was there. Before the end of the night I was able to harvest a mature doe at ten yards. It was at the point in time I knew I was going to like Upwind Odor Control Products.
I took the same measures for my first Ohio sit of the year. Now I am not sure if I got lucky or if it was because of pre-season scouting, but I was able to harvest my biggest buck to date. It took years to get to this point, and I credit Upwind Odor Control Products for my new found success. A buck we had on trail came into my stand and made the mistake of dining on acorns. Having filled my Ohio buck tag, I hunted to fill my two doe tags. I harvested a small doe on the last day of gun season within bow range. As before, while using Upwind Odor Control Products, the deer had no idea I was sitting just ten feet in the air.
Although I did not harvest another deer during the Ohio season, I did help my cousin Jonah successfully harvest his first deer on his very first hunt. Before walking to our blind, I sprayed him down with Upwind Odor Control spray. He was thrilled when he shot his first buck, a three pointer, at fifteen yards.
It was a strange season in Ohio this year. Anyone I have talked to throughout the Midwest had similar stories of just not seeing many deer or not having shot opportunities. I believe I had an advantage over the deer by using Upwind Odor Control Products. Not one time did I get busted by a deer even when they were directly down wind from me, and I was able to put meat in my freezer. I will continue to use Upwind Odor Control Products in the future as I am a believer in the product. My hunting completely changed this deer season, and the only thing I changed was my scent elimination product.
The Torture Test: Spring Hog Hunt in Alabama
South Alabama is known to be hot and humid. Knowing this from previously turkey hunting there for the last two years, I packed three sets of camo because I knew I would sweat through them. Before leaving, all my hunting clothes, as well as my husband’s, were washed in Upwind H-E Laundry Detergent. We took Upwind Odor Eliminator, Upwind Odor Eliminator Super Concentrate, Upwind H-E Laundry Detergent, and Upwind Hair and Body Wash on our trip as part of our scent elimination routine.
Most of the time I sat in an open box blind about eight feet off the ground overlooking a logging path. Kurt sat in a tree stand in a swamp. We went on one swamp stalk where I lost my snake boot and my clothes were completely soaked with sweat. I used Upwind Hair and Body Wash each day and sprayed down with Upwind Odor Eliminator Spray before hitting the stand.
While I did not see a hog, I had deer directly down wind as close as twenty yards with winds hitting my back at 15 mph. My husband had better luck than I did. He shot a nice 180 lbs boar while walking into his first set up. After our experiences during deer season and going on a hog hunt, we will not use anything other than Upwind Hunting Products.
Upwind Odor Control Products are available at www.huntupwind.com. The 32oz Upwind H-E Laundry Detergent has an MSRP of $15.95. The 8oz Upwind Hair and Body Wash has an MSRP of $7.95. The 32oz Upwind Odor Eliminator Trucker Bottle has an MSRP of $17.95. Check out the website for all available products. They also sell packaged deals for added value. These are products I use and now trust.
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