I started using the smoker last year, I had several does and smaller bucks downwind from me MANY times.... I had a Monster buck withing 10 yards of my stand in Illinois and he had no idea I was ever there...(Thanks to a small branch I didn't see, he is STILL there). Using a smoker is AWESOME.......I wouldn't ever "LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT".............I posted this last Monday on another thread:
I don't have a smoker, but this weekend sold me on the effectiveness of smoke!
I have a little Coleman firepit with a lid. I started a small fire with twigs. When it got "roaring" I smothered it with dry leaves. When the leaves flamed up, I put the lid on the pan for a moment until the flames went out. I immediately lifted the lid and bathed in the huge disgusting puff of smoke. As soon as the leaves flamed up, I put the lid back on. I did this 5 or 6 times.
I then went into the woods to my natural blind. It's made out of some blown-down trees that I covered with branches. Three loose walls. No roof.
An hour later a 6-point buck walked up to the blind and started to feed. For the next half hour, he was 5 feet to 4 yards away from me and didn't know I was there. Even more amazing, I was sitting in a folding chair, so I was BELOW his nose!
At one point, he tried to enter the blind, but the way the trees had fallen, he couldn't get in. (He didn't seem all that interested.) But he looked at me for a while from 5 or 6 feet away. I stayed completely motionless (was wearing a flat ASAT jacket, beige pants, and spotted black & white bandana, if that matters) and kept my baseball hat tipped down so he wouldn't get freaked out by my beady predator eyes.
Most of the time he was far too close for me to get a shot. But I haven't taken a doe yet, so I had to let him walk even when he was eating the corn 15 yards away from me.
An hour later, 3 does came in and the same thing happened. They stayed feet away from me, and even ate some of the leaves of my blind. I could have reached out and touched all four with an arrow. Unfortunately, there were some dogs barking in the distance behind me at that point, so the does were always looking my direction and I couldn't get a shot. (This morning I fixed a design flaw in the blind so next time I'll be able to stand up w/o being seen and take the shot.)
Still, it was a VERY exciting morning (happy birthday to me!), and it sold me on the power of smoke. Now that I'm 100% committed to the concept, I'm going to get me a smoker.
Agreed. I use my Scent Smoker on clothes washed in scent free soap and keep separate from where they can pick up other household odors. Not sure its totally necessary, but I want only the smoke to be the only smell the deer smell. Nothing seems to ever be fool proof except being downwind, but this has beat the socks off the over priced sprays and carbon clothes. www.scentsmoker.comthe guy who kept his clothes hanging near the basement wood burning stove may have picked up more "basement" smells than smoke. You need to SMOKE those clothes, not just hang near a source of heat.
I was as skeptical about it as the next guy prior to trying it. I've bought a lot of gear over the years that doesn't seem to do what the advertising claims they would. This isn't one of them. Whether or not you want to spend the $30 to buy a Scent Smoker, build a campfire and smoke your clothes before heading out and try it. The Scent Smoker just makes the process that much easier and quicker.sounds like another fad to me guy's?