Homemade Cover Scent Recipes
Making homemade cover scents is easy and relatively inexpensive, here are several recipes to try and experiment with.
By far the easiest homemade cover scent to start with is simply juice, either purchased from the grocery store or squeezed from fruit in the area you hunt. If you are fortunate to hunt an area with apple trees one of the best cover scents to use would be apple juice; it not only will help cover your scent it will also act as an attractant. Place into a spray bottle and spray liberally on your clothes and hunting area.
Many hunters who make homemade cover scents use the boiling method. This method is easy and for the most part free. Simply collect some material that has a strong scent from your hunting area, such things as pine, cedar and acorns can be used. Place the collected material into a large pot and cover with water. The water should not be tap water, but collected from a brook, steam or even puddle, remember we are trying to smell natural. It also helps to use an old pot as boiling such things as pine and cedar will leave a residue in the pot and make it harder for you to disappear for the next 4-6 Saturdays unnoticed. Once cool put into a spray bottle and spray liberally on your clothes and gear.
Denatured alcohol can also be used, instead of boiling, the material such as pine or cedar, are placed into the alcohol and set aside. This is by fat the longest method, as it will take a significant amount of time for the alcohol to pick up the scent. Once the scent has been imparted to the alcohol, mix it with distilled water up to a ratio of one part alcohol to 10 parts water; place in a spray bottle and use liberally to cover human scent.
Vanilla extract can be used, purchase a large bottle from the grocery store, mix it with one gallon of distilled water and 2 cups rubbing alcohol, place into a spray bottle and again, spray liberally on hunting gear and area. The vanilla will both cover you scent and act as a curiosity attractant.
So there you go 4 different ways to make homemade cover scent for next season, if you have a different method or version let us know.
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