Field Evaluation - Scent Killer® Spray from WRC By Keith Dunlap
Sep 24, 2007 - 6:25:24 AM
Wildlife Research Center, Inc. produces scent elimination sprays, big game attractants, masking scents, and scent dispensers. Their products are performance oriented, and WRC claims that, when used properly, they can really increase your odds of success. I've been using their products successfully for years and so when I was asked to write a review of their Scent Killer sprays, I had plenty of experience to draw from for this product review.
Testing at Rutgers University has found Scent Killer and Scent Killer Autumn Formula to be over 99% effective at stopping replicated human odor. This spray starts working as soon as you spray it onto your clothing, bow, etc…and continues to work for days after drying. Heavily treated hunting clothing can work for many days in the field, but I like to spray my clothing each time I head out. You can also pre-treat your hunting clothing months prior to the hunt by spraying the clothing liberally, then storing them in an airtight container until you're ready to hunt. I've also used the Scent Killer Spray while hanging treestands to kill the scent that may have remained on trees and the area I've contaminated with my human odor.
I received four bottles of Scent Killer Spray from Wildlife Research Center…two bottles of the regular odorless formula and two of the Autumn Formula®. There was no learning curve with this evaluation, since I'm already a regular user of WRC's Scent Killer Spray. It's not rocket science…spray it on…stop stinking up the woods…and harvest more animals. I know guys that still insist on putting their hunting clothing in a garbage bag with dirt and leaves for months prior to the hunting season, then they hang their hunting clothes outside for a couple of days to air them out. That's too much work and too dirty for me. I would rather spray a liberal amount of Scent Killer on my hunting clothing, pack it in an airtight container, and let it rest for a week prior to the season. Although WRC claims that Scent Killer works for several days a field, I leave nothing to chance and so I spray Scent Killer on my clothes after each hunt…and stick them back into the airtight container until the next hunt.
In addition to my hunting clothes and boots, I also spray Scent Killer on my hunting equipment, treestands, and just about anything that could possibly smell like human odor when I enter the woods. The instructions don't call for this wide usage but I take no chances. A company spokesman stated comprehensive testing had been done on clothing and boots but due to the different materials they could not confirm 100% effectiveness so they don't recommend it. Another caution was spraying of Treestands could, if not thoroughly dry, cause slipping and that is something no company wants to see. So, I spray everything anyway, take no chances and ensure everything is dry before usage. Again, it pays to be cautious and controlling scent is at the top of the list.
I have used Scent Killer Spray for the past several years with good success. While I cannot scientifically prove this statement, I can tell you that using WRC's Scent Killer gives me more confidence in the field when I spray it on my hunting clothing, my equipment, and my boots. I can earnestly state that I have had more close encounters with deer and foxes since using a combination of scent blocking clothing and Scent Killer Spray. I'll rest on the testing by Rutgers University that has determined that this stuff is 99% effective at stopping replicated human odor, and leave it at that. No more testing needed for me! I'll be trying the Autumn Formula this coming whitetail season.
Retail price - Scent Killer Quart Combo: $19.99
Warranty: 100% money-back guarantee if not satisfied