spreademandshootem wrote:IMHO I think people in eastern mass get too worked up about scent control.
I used to think that too when I was starting out, and while I'm not sold on all the fancy 'scent-lock' gear either, there's no doubt that scent control plays a big part in getting close to higher quality deer.
I used to shoot whatever came down the trail - because when i wore 'street' clothes, I only saw a couple deer a year. As I spent more time in the woods, and talked to serious bow hunters, I found that to get closer to the bigger, mature deer, you have to go the extra step. Taking these extra steps has gotten me close to deer almost every time I go into the woods, has allowed me the luxury of passing on well over a dozen 'lesser-quality' deer this year, and allowed me to choose to harvest the deer I want at the time I want.
best of luck out there