Proven Scent Elimination Routine for Serious Deer Hunters

Proven Scent Elimination Routine for Serious Deer Hunters

These best scent elimination routine for serious deer hunters is a lot easier than you think. The core scent elimination for fooling an old bucks knees doesn’t take place at the treestand. In fact, eliminating your scent while you are in your treestand is the least of your concerns. The vast majority of your scent elimination while deer hunting should take place on the way in and out of your hunt, while accessing your treestand. Your treestand should be positioned so deer do not travel downwind of your location. No matter what kind of scent contraption, gel, powder or spray that you use, your hunt will be over if a mature deer is downwind if your position. Scent control on the way in or out of your stand and a well positioned stand will eliminate 90% or more of your scent concerns. If you focus on NOT leaving a scent trail throughout the lands that you hunt, you will place yourself in a position to find consistent mature buck hunting success.


  1. Dwayne Philpot on November 11, 2021 at 9:45 am

    rubber boots do not come wide enough for me.

  2. NICHOLAS1988 on November 11, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I used to watch old Jackie bushman videos with my grandpa back in the day and Jackie would bring a bottle of fox urine an put it on his boots b4 he walked in to hunt to hide his trail. What do you think about something like that?

  3. Hardcore Hunter on November 11, 2021 at 9:47 am

    I’ve found that scent elimination only matters if you your clothes are saturated with an unnatural odor. Alcohol, Tobbaco, heavy Perfume and deodorant scents. If you’re a tobacco user around your hunting cloths and have to chew or light, etc up in the stand then don’t even bother with cover scent. Nothing will help you get rid of that smell. If you are at camp and people smoke or you have a fire going, don’t bother with cover scent unless you apply it 4hrs before you head out and leave your clothes outside. If you’re going to bother eating a heavy breakfast of eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, maple syrups before going out then don’t bother with cover scents it’s snake oil at that point. Cover scent only really works under specific circumstances. I don’t even use it myself and I’m not into tobacco and abstain from eating until I’m done hunting, and have no problem seeing animals gathering in my area. It may help in very select cases, but it is in my view snake oil and placebo to a point. People get it in their head that they "need" this product or they wouldn’t have seen that 10pt buck. What matters more is your ability to stay still and not move suddenly. If you can do those two things that is 90% of your battle. The other 20% are divided among being able to hit your targets and getting the dressed and out of the woods.

  4. Jae Hanson on November 11, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Thanks, Jeff. How often should you wash your clothes during the season? I often walk quite a ways in and usually work up a pretty good sweat

  5. Jacob Neill on November 11, 2021 at 9:50 am

    I use fresh wallnuts when green to Put in my sent free toats always smell like wallnuts works great

  6. Kelly Dittus on November 11, 2021 at 9:53 am

    I began by collecting local weeds to the areas. Before hunts I broke them up to bring out the odor and rubbed them on myself thoroughly. I was invisible.
    Then I switched to spray and ozonics and destroyed my hunting. Now I’m rubbing myself down with stinky weeds again.

  7. Garrett Romer on November 11, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I don’t put my heavy clothes on until I get closer to my blind or stand. Having to hump gear out in heavy Michigan hunting clothes will have u sweating to death and stinking by the time u get to ur spot. If ur in a ground blind it’s better to just have all the viewing holes closed and just get dressed in the blind. That stinky sweat will get u most times.

  8. bodhranlowd on November 11, 2021 at 10:00 am

    People that insist on doing whatever they want because their great uncle did the same for decades, should try to hunt buffaloes while yelling on horse backs because that used to happen lots too. Times change and the size of hunter population change too. But in any event sounds like we should all move to Kansas.

  9. Tyler Rose on November 11, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Very knowledgeable man, keep the tips coming

  10. Jurist on November 11, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Now if you just filtered your breath, you would have an effective sent illumination system

  11. Drake McCoy on November 11, 2021 at 10:04 am

    What lock on ladder system are you using

  12. Uncle Remus on November 11, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Lmao how did the Indians survive without all these bullshit gadgets. Learn something not from gimmicks but learn how to play the wind!

  13. Garrett Romer on November 11, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Hey man do u have any good suggestions for ebike attachments for hunting?

  14. Bobby DeNezza on November 11, 2021 at 10:05 am

    One question, I have under armour scent control hunting clothes and I wash them using dead down wind laundry detergent. Will it make any difference if you washed them using that type of detergent and then spraying them using a different type of spray like under armour scent control spray or scent killer spray? Or should you always try to use the same brand of scent eliminator all the time?

  15. James Fager on November 11, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Sounds about what I do, one thing I will ask that isn’t mentioned in your scent videos, do you use your scent elimination shower products, and when you say clean clothes, how often in a season are you washing them?

  16. SAR B6P on November 11, 2021 at 10:07 am

    I always have heard baken solda eliminates order and cedar chips the best being in the right spot at the right time

  17. Peter Bergeris on November 11, 2021 at 10:08 am

    I use no scent in the wash and have no scent deodorant and hair wash. I spray my hunting clothes the night before and let them dry in garage and then put them in a no sent bag or large Tupperware tub. Also spray rubber boots the night before and before going into woods. Place everything in truck bed when I leave the house and dress outside when I park at hunting location. Never any luck though on public land. Do you not hunt during warm temps? Went in and scouted friday. Tremendous overgrowth and bugs galore. Walked in with camouflage and rubber boots and hardly made a sound. Saw trails Goin thru tall overgrowth but much too hot . I know you wait for cold fronts but here in pa. sometimes we still have 80 degree temperatures for the whole month of October to early Nov which kills first season bow season.

  18. Steve Plantz on November 11, 2021 at 10:08 am

    What is your opinion on the Secent Crusher Ozone Closet? I use one and it seems to do a good job of keeping my clothes clean and I what I really like about this is I do not have to run them threw the washer and dryer every time saving me time and wear and tear on my hunting clothes.

  19. weston laney on November 11, 2021 at 10:09 am

    I hunt a property that instead of walking down wood line I walk down the road. I believe it helps on scent. Entering a different way.

  20. The Guy From WI on November 11, 2021 at 10:13 am

    I was spending about an average of $50 a year on sprays and scent elimination products. 2 years ago I bought an industrial Ozone generator and use it in a steel closet that I hang all my clothes, boots, and gear in. It has worked excellent for me. The only downside is that the ozone will destroy anything elastic in your clothes. It keeps the smell of ozone for hours into the hunt. Interested to hear your thoughts on ozone.

  21. Su Freidman on November 11, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Use buck urine (code blue, code red or tinks) in pre rut and rut (once the bucks have split up)…..they may smell you but they cannot stay away…..if they’re big old bucks……they’ll move slow but will come if you don’t smell like a fart fest. Don’t be blatantly smelly! Are you going to stay away from a man hitting on your wife? Even if he stinks? Anger makes them stupid. You are in their area! They are coming for you….you smell like a buck! (don’t put it on you) For about a month or so

  22. dwainm on November 11, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Thank you Jeff for the tips… coups you tell me the brand of the lock-on in the video? At minute 6:24??? I can appreciate those heavy chain supports!

  23. Nick B on November 11, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I dance around a camp fire before I hunt.

  24. Chill Time on November 11, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Hunt the wind and save your money. Hell, do what the old timers did and start a fire and stand near it. I used to fall for the stuff in pretty packaging but over the years I’ve realized that im going broke and have a ton of stupid shit I thought I had to have over the years. Going back to the old school ways.

  25. Anon Anon on November 11, 2021 at 10:23 am

    What are your feelings on bug repellent?

  26. Barry Phillips on November 11, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Awesome video Jeff, thanks so much, it’s the 2nd time I’ve watched it! I’m always concerned about my scent elimination routine and like to see what others do. Do you have any natural laundry detergent you like to use, or do you use something like the Elimishield? Also, I have seen guys that use smoke to give their clothing and gear a more natural smell to deer. What are your thoughts? Thanks again, please keep the videos coming!

  27. Troy haley on November 11, 2021 at 10:23 am

    I have a question about your deer management plans you do for people I would love to talk about it because it is my career path right now

  28. James Stewart on November 11, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Great video as usual Jeff. During the rut do you use doe in heat scent on the bottom of your boots?

  29. awesomoto on November 11, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I been thinking about hand washing my clothes in a rubber maid tub

  30. Chad Van Orden on November 11, 2021 at 10:25 am

    What bin are you using. I’m looking for a good one. But a lot are junk. And don’t close good.

  31. toadamine on November 11, 2021 at 10:25 am

    I use no scent control, just take a shower with baking soda instead of perfumed/scented soap, and use unscented laundry detergent…

    Deer have no issues with my scent… They walk right up to me and eat snacks out of my hand…

  32. mr kleen on November 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Awesome,thank you, very good detail. I will be much better prepared this season.

  33. Lenny man on November 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

    This good knowledge . An like my uncle telling me how to hunt. Everyone to has there hunting advice as well.

  34. Matthew Schlueter on November 11, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Here is a question. I went hunting one time after having a bonfire the night before. I wore the same clothes and I had not showered as I was primitive hunting in a tent. I had some deer get very close to me. It almost seemed like a heavy layering of smoke on myself and my clothes did a great job of making my scent. Thoughts?

  35. Tommy Eastham on November 11, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Jeff, do u used ozone? What about nose jammer? Thx for all ur content. U r a practical real world hunter.

  36. Kelly Dittus on November 11, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Reduce your scent trail on the way in.
    But once in the stand the wind better be right cause all that air we breath in gets blown out. Take a good whiff of your buddies breath.
    The only way to hunt odor free would be to sit in a tight blind with ozonics carefully placed in the downwind window . If our scent is escaping out more than one window. Your screwed.

  37. Matthew Kubik on November 11, 2021 at 10:29 am

    I sure hope you attend the public land challenge with The Hunting Public! It will be great to see all the different techniques of each person. Thanks again for all your advice!

  38. casualobserver77 on November 11, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Lol @ scent control in South Florida… Especially early season.
    Just getting your camo on NEXT TO THE TRUCK makes you drip with sweat…. Much less walking a mile to your stand with all your gear.
    Lol @ cold weather hunters with actual deer populations…
    Come hunt the deer desert with me in 95 degrees…

  39. doug kraemer on November 11, 2021 at 10:31 am

    If you are gonna put your clothes in a tote you should bag them individually so you dont cross contaminate. And of course wash them after every use is best. No mention of ozone….you probably think it’s a fad.

  40. Jack Forsberg on November 11, 2021 at 10:33 am

    What do you do about your gun if you’re hunting with a firearm? Specifically the odor from gun oil, cleaning solvents, and gun powder residue?

  41. Kayla&Josh Golob on November 11, 2021 at 10:34 am

    What do you wear in the truck on the way to the spot just shorts or

  42. Gregory Hunts on November 11, 2021 at 10:34 am

    I cut wide trails and am meticulous about scent control. I am constantly buying stands and placing stands. Each year I learn alittle more and become a better hunter. Guy’s like you really help guy’s like me see thing’s from a different perspective. You are a very knowledgeable man and I greatly appreciate all your helpful video’s. I love how you aren’t just out pushing product’s but suggest what could work. Hope you get your target buck and have a blast hunting him.

  43. Johnny Ballgame on November 11, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Great video. I carry a pack of scent free hand-wipes in my pack. I use one once I get into the stand to wipe down the sweat off my head, neck, and face. I don’t care how good of shape you’re in, you will sweat walking in and climbing a tree. I think people underestimate how much scent comes off a sweaty head and face…and I find these wipes a great way to eliminate it.

  44. Pickles N cheese on November 11, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Going naked would be way to weird

  45. Mr_ Hyde265 on November 11, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I hunt out by my work outside a hog farm i still use scent eleminators but sometimes dont cause back where i hunt you can smell the farm and there use to it

  46. Joshua Shafer on November 11, 2021 at 10:39 am

    I wash mine in a tote and air dry all my hunting and trapping clothes

  47. pahuntnut on November 11, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I know scent spray works to knock down scent. Just try it in your garbage pail to see if yours works

  48. Days Off on November 11, 2021 at 10:42 am

    A little hard to not leave scent at the base of the tree when youre hunting public land with a climber tree stand.

  49. Daniel Robinson on November 11, 2021 at 10:43 am

    what is your opinion on trail scent during a rain? will rain wash away your trail scent or will it enhance it?