-By Randy Cooper
I'm a fanatic about scent control. When the guys I hunt with hear about what all I do to prepare for a hunt they laugh. "That's way too much trouble to go to. Who has time for all that?" The way I see it is that I've had all year since the season ended to prepare. After all, this is my passion and, as with all passions, you're going to take extra pains or go the extra mile because it's what you love to do.
I start about a month out from the season opener by going to the vitamin supplement store and buying two bottles of chlorophyll tablets or liquid. Chlorophyll occurs naturally in the body. It is the essence of all life. When shopping for this supplement, just like any supplement, you want the highest PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE they offer. This is the best quality. I started using chlorophyll years ago when I read about it in a hunting newsletter.
The article said that if you used chlorophyll, your entire body would be deodorized, even your breath. I bought some. It was a mint flavored tablet that you took three times a day with meals. I'll never forget that bow season. My friend Jon and I had been using this product for a couple of weeks before a three day weekend hunt here in Georgia. It was September and the temperature was in the high 80's all weekend. To make matters worse, there wasn't a place to take a shower. Not even a creek to bathe in. We went all weekend hunting and scouting. We walked miles.
On Sunday afternoon as we went to our stands for the last hunt of the trip, I stopped and told Jon that I needed to ask him the most personal favor I'd ever asked. He hedged a bit and with a look that told me he thought he was being baited he asked, "What do you need?" I reminded him of the tablets we had been taking to stay scent free and told him that now was the time to see if it really worked. Sooo, I asked Jon to SNIFF MY PITS.
Man, I thought he was gonna pass out! But, being like brothers for about 20 years and never turning down an opportunity to do something we'd never done before, he agreed with the condition that if he did it, I had to do it.
To my shock he said he couldn't smell anything! Nothing, nada, zip, zero. I sniffed his and got the same result. We were sweating at the time as well. This stuff really works. Long story short, I won't even think about starting my season until I've gone through my ritual of using the chlorophyll tablets for at least two weeks prior to the opener and then continuing until the season ends. Believe me, your wife or girlfriend will love you for it too. It is so effective that your saliva even begins to taste cleaner. I know as I sit here writing this that some of you are probably saying to yourself that this guy is CRAZY! You might be right but you'll never know until you’ve walked a sweaty mile in my hunting boots. I challenge every hunter reading this to try chlorophyll and see if you don’t start seeing more deer than ever before. I did.
I guess my nature and rule in life is that if you can't do something right, don't do it at all. Mom taught me something else that sorta went like; "There are two ways you can do anything, fast or halfast." I prefer fast and as right as I know how to do it. It is with those hard learned, profound lessons that I delve further into what I do to be as scent free as possible next week. Till then, get yourself some chlorophyll and give it a try. You'll be amazed at the result.