Remember the saying “Keep it simple” or seeing a device that
is so simple you ponder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”Many times a hunter comes up with a quick fix
for a situation that may blossom into a great product.Bob Reed
is one such hunter who didn’t let his idea of the Boot Buddy lay to rest.The BOOT BUDDY™ is a “no mess” scent
dispenser which you strap onto your boot.It utilizes a one ounce plastic bottle that is capable of dispensing
scent up to 525 yards.
Scent trails can
be very effective on trophy animals during the rut.A well placed scent trail in a transition
zone can pretty much guarantee that a deer will cross its path.Now there is a lot depending on if a deer
will follow it.Most of the time deer
tend to follow them out of curiosity during early season when the rut is not a
factor.But during the rut I find they
work around 50 percent of the time if laid down correctly.In the past this meant reapplying scent to a
drag rag at frequent intervals mainly because the scent trail would weaken as
But unlike drag rags the scent trail from the BOOT BUDDY™ is always
“hot”.How many times have you been sitting in your
treestand and watch as a buck hits your drag line only to go in the opposite direction?This is less likely with the BOOT BUDDY™.The formulated cap utilizes the small amount
of shock generated from each step to disperse fresh scent.
Another feature that distinguishes it from drag rags is the
no Hang Up scenarios.How many times
have you tried to walk through some brush and have your string hang up or get
torn off?With the boot buddy this
problem is totally eliminated because the tough nylon type case stands up to
the abuse of brush.It is also totally
silent so there is no worry about spooking game.
To use, simply fill up the dispensing bottle to the
designated line and secure the top.Next
place the bottle in the rugged naugahyde case and secure using the rustproof
brass snap.The Advantage Classic camo
case inverts the bottle so it can be secured to your ankle by a Velcro
The strap is made ofdurable elastic so you should have no problem
fastening it to any size boot.Finally
open the nozzle on the bottle and start walking. A great feature of the BOOT
BUDDY™ is when you stop walking the unit stops dispensing scent. Or if you need a little more scent just shake
your leg.This is a great feature for
freshening up a scrap as you walk by.
When you reach your hunting destination you can then hang
the BOOT BUDDY™ in a tree to eliminate the need for messy wicks or cotton
Design 4 of 5
The tuff naugahyde case and nylon binding will take the
rigors of many hunting seasons.A single
bottle is included with each BOOT BUDDY™ and additional bottles are available
for quick and easy changing of scents.
The design is simple yet very efficient for dispensing scent.The first step is just as strong as the
last.In my tests the bottle dispensed a
minimum of three to four drops with every step.The BOOT BUDDY™ is easy to use and there are no worries about messy
scents.The only drawback is once at
your stand site and removing the system.The Velcro makes an audible sound no matter how careful you are.
Price 4.5 of 5
At a retail price of under $15 the BOOT BUDDY™ is very cost
effective and should have no problems taking the abuse of several hunting
seasons.Yes a rag and a string may be
cheaper but the pitfalls of snags and shreds just don’t add up.Next
season I’m taking my BOOT BUDDY™ with me into the field to disperse scent.