Who smokes their clothes?

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  1. pinetag

    pinetag Well-Known Member

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    I am going to try it this year and wanted to know who else has tried it and how effective you think it is?

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    I tried it a few years back with good results
     
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    So you're no longer doing it? If not, what made you stop?

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    I started doing it last year. I already employ a lot of odor reduction and I've had great results for years now but there's always room for improvement so I bought a bee smoker.
    I don't believe just one season is enough time to form conclusions but I do know that deer smell bacterial odors and smoke inhibits bacterial growth. I have to assume smoke helps reduce odor.
    As for a cover scent...the jury is definitely out on that one.
    I do know that deer are not alarmed by the smell of smoke.
     
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    I’ve done it for about 2 years. I believe it works well. It’s has to be better than scent elimination spray…
    Unless I got sweaty, I’m not washing my clothes near as often. Just smoke them every few hunts


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    For what it's worth, My Father used to build a Fire and sit next to it during the old Pa Doe Season. He shot his Deer every year while doing that. At times he would have Deer come looking for the source of the Smell drifting through the woods.

    I knew of others that did it every year during Buck Season and usually shot their Buck while doing it.

    Deer are familiar with Fire and Smoke, so not afraid of it. However I would use Wood from the Area you plan to hunt, as different woods when burnt have different smells and Deer in a Piney Woods would not be used to Apple Wood Smoke or Red Oak if Only White Oaks are where you hunt.

    That's my thoughts anyway.
     
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    Has anyone actually seen a detriment from this? As in the deer spooked noticeably more than prior to smoking them?

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    Just when i thought i've heard it all ha....seems logical, not sure i'd look forward to smelling like smoke all day for week on end during vacation.

    If need something to make it easy to coat your clothes instead of having to build a fire can pick up a honey bee smoker for $20.
     
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    That's what I use. I gave a gallon size zip lock stuffed with white pine needles. A hand full in the bee smoker smokes for a few minutes...long enough to smoke body as I dress and also all of my gear for the day.
    I did read on a bee keeper's site about "clean smoke". Some people use stuff that doesn't produce as "pure" of a smoke. Not sure if its not totally organic or what, but I figure I may as well burn something from the region that I'm hunting.
     
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    I've looked at the bee smokers and I might pick one up. I have some pine resin fire starter sticks that I am trying in the mean time.

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    I think pine needles would br better than pine pitch.
    I occasionally use a little piece of pine pitch in my wood stove and it leaves a tough coating where it melts and drips onto my ash pan. Pitch mighy start gunking up the bottom of the bee smoker?? IDK. Hey maybe that residue may actually be beneficial.
     
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    Oh, i meant for open flame use...not to be used in a smoker. Like hanging your clothes near the fire in your back yard type of thing.

    Can you use oak leaves in the bee smoker instead of pine tags though?

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    Yep, leaves are good too.
     
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    i've used quite a few different things in my bee smoker for bees, every time i go back to pine needles, deal with some pitch but the smoke is fairly clean, readily available, and holds smoke for long time. Someone mentioned the organic stuff for clean smoke, ha yeah i've tried something like that, but honestly it just smelled like CA's state plant, maybe that will have the deer come running.
     
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    I used smoke one year and thought it worked well. Not foolproof, but it helped. I got tired of everything smelling of smoke and having to shower after every hunt, so switched to ozone.
     
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    I use ozone on my gear, too. But I suspect that the main benefit of smoke is as an odor PREVENTATIVE because it inhibits bacterial growth.
    Ozone works fantastic to destroy odors but O3 is very volatile...once it dissapates, I doubt it continues to help reduce idors.
     
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