Scent Control 101 | Ozonics’ Active Scent Control Creates Hunting Opportunities
Up to this point, hunters—especially bow hunters—have depended on hours of scouting and preparation in order to create a hunting opportunity. Mainly this has been done while setting up stands and blinds. Why? Put simply, we were preparing for our enemy … the nearly impenetrable nose of the game we pursue!
The large majority of our scouting and preparation we do is all to prepare and understand wind direction in accordance to our stand location and pre-determined game movement. It’s certainly a labor of love, but in the end, those hours of preparation are always at the mercy of the wind on a daily basis. In the past, hunters would base opportunities simply when the stand, game movement, and wind direction would align perfectly, which was often a “far and few between” occasion.
So, what’s our best option? Eliminate as much of our human odor as possible to defy the wind as much as possible. Passive scent control products, such as sprays and carbon suits, never completely solved the problem. Do they work? Of course. But those products have major limitations. Fortunately for hunters pursuing game with a well-tuned nose, active scent control is available through Ozonics. Not only does it maximize your existing hunting opportunities, it creates hunting opportunities that simply didn’t exist before. Period.
Ozonics is not a new name in the hunting world, and a large number of hunters understand at least the basics of what ozone is, how it works and its application in other industries, such as the medical field. That said, many hunters are new to the Ozonics story, ozone and its applications for the hunter, and the true benefits of active scent control.
Like everything new, hesitation is a natural reaction … and seeing is always believing. But being properly informed with the facts and proper application techniques is the first step in giving yourself the ammo you need to make an informed opinion.
The podcast below is from Nine Finger Chronicles, where Dan Johnson sits down with Ozonics’ Buddy Piland to talk about the science, the concerns, the opportunities, and the “need to knows” when it comes to active scent control from Ozonics—and how it can revolutionize the way you hunt.
How Ozonics Works To Create Hunting Opportunities
Most importantly, as Buddy mentioned on this podcast, is Ozone and Ozonics is a science. And it’s well-known and practiced science in many other industries. The HR300 and HR200 Units take in oxygen molecules (O2), use electricity to fracture it, and turn the O2 into ozone molecules (O3). It’s really that simple.
At a very basic level, human odor is created by bacteria waste. When that odor comes into direct contact with the newly created and incredibly unstable ozone molecules delivered by the HR Unit, the ozone bonds instantly with other molecules (odor) to oxidize it. In other words, ozone clings to the first molecules it comes in contact with, and destroys, alters or reduces it. So, when the first molecules the ozone comes in contact with is the hunter’s human scent, this chemical reaction at the molecular level eliminates, reduces or alters the odor released by you—the hunter—in the downwind airstream.
As a cleansing and oxidizing agent, ozone is not new. Common uses include heavy use in the medical field, where ozone is utilized to cleanse and deodorize rooms and equipment. Another common use for ozone is to cleanse a fire/smoke damaged building. A company will come in with a giant ozone machine to “clean” the smell and air. And the list goes on.
Because of these applications, the founders of Ozonics realized that if ozone can destroy strong odors of hospital operating room surgeries, it could surely work with the elimination of scent dispensed by hunters afield.
The Secrets Of Hunting With Ozonics: From Buddy Piland, Ozonics Director Of Marketing
Until recently, the accepted scent-management philosophy in the hunting world was centered around keeping, you, the hunter, as clean as possible using passive scent control methods and products, such as special scent-free detergent, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. As hunters, we essentially got rid of any human odor we possibly could prior to the hunt. The same goes for the wearing of “odor capturing” or “odor destroying” apparel, and the in-field pre-hunt treatment of our gear and those very same “special” clothes with “special sprays.” All those products are used to reduce existing residual odor on the hunter, but they fall far short of addressing the most critical piece of the proverbial puzzle—the continuous odor created by the hunter that’s released in to the downwind scent stream as you breathe and sweat.
But what most hunters didn’t understand back then, and still don’t understand now, is that a “passive” based scent management regimen reaches a state of maximum effectiveness at the very beginning of the hunt and begins to quickly and critically degrade, becoming less and less effective as time passes and you go deeper into the hunt.
Imagine taking a shower and applying deodorant in the morning before a hard day of yard work in the summer sun. When you walk outside, you are clean because of the shower and you have treated yourself with the deodorant to reduce and fight odor. However, as you begin to work, your breathing becomes labored, you begin to sweat and your “passive” efforts to control odor (shower, deodorant) begin to quickly dissipate and fade to the point that their effectiveness is eventually nullified and, as your family and friends can attest to, is no longer working.
The very same thing happens when you enter the field to hunt. Essentially, you’re constantly producing odor, and once you leave the house or the truck after using “passive-based” scent control products, your odor is starting to come back.
The first and most common misconception we as hunters have is that game animals smell you—wrong—they smell the residual odor released by you into the downwind airstream. If you can address that odor in a meaningful way, everything changes. Everything.
Ozonics and its founders have come to learn that it doesn’t matter what you smell like: the only thing that matters is that your odor never reaches the animal. How is that possible? Again, with the creation of ozone, Ozonics can essentially clean the air between you and the animal. This is why active scent control changes the game scent control system and management.
How To Use Ozonics and Active Scent Control To Create Opportunities
Like any tool in your hunting arsenal, correct understanding and correct application of the tool is the most important element in creating a successful outcome. In other words, you can own the best bow in the world, but if you shoot it upside-down, you’re not going to be very successful.
The use of active scent control methods is no different—it requires an understanding of basic concept. It’s a scientific fact that ozone destroys, alters and reduces hunter odor when the two come in contact with each other. The secret to success is TIME and CONCENTRATION. You must correctly positon your HR unit in a way that delivers the maximum amount of ozone to the downwind air stream—your human scent—ensuring it mixes with your odor for the longest amount of time possible – this is where the magic happens!
When it comes to effectively hunting with an HR Unit—especially from a treestand—you should consider and evaluate each of the following items and determine how they will affect positioning of your unit in your specific setup:
- Turn on your Ozonics HR immediately to begin dispensing odor-destroying ozone.
- Mount your Ozonics HR Unit 6-12 inches above your head. Essentially, you want the Unit as close to you as possible without interfering with your hunt (drawing your bow).
- Under average wind conditions (3-12 MPH), adjust the HR Unit by pointing it downward at a 30-degree angle.
- CHASE THE WIND: (TIME + CONCENTRATION = SUCCESS)
- It’s critical that the front face of the unit always points in the direction the wind is blowing (downwind). This directs the heavier ozone molecules to fall into your scent stream being carried by the wind, altering and destroying your odor in the process.
- To achieve the best results, you should be adjusting your HR unit as necessary or “chasing the wind” throughout your hunt to always point directly down wind.
- This will flood your scent zone with a concentrated stream of ozone, maximizing the amount of time the ozone has to interact with your scent molecules (odor being released into the air stream by you), and maximizing the amount of ozone that attacks those same molecules.
- In high-wind situations (greater than 12 MPH,) increase effectiveness by bringing your HR Unit in closer to your body/scent profile, and position it at a sharper downward angle (75-80 degrees) this aids in forcing the ozone into the airstream closest to the downside of your body before your concentration of ozone can be diluted by the higher winds.
- In low or no wind, maximize effectiveness by angling your HR Unit down at a steeper angle (up to 90 degrees—or straight down—depending on wind speed), to chase your scent molecules as they fall directly below you. Take care to concentrate ozone as close to your setup as possible without showering the ozone directly on you and wasting it.
The use of ozone in hunting-related scenarios should focus on maximizing time and concentration in the correct location. Put another way, your goal is to direct the maximum amount of ozone for the maximum amount of time in the right area to accomplish correct and effective scent control and elimination. It’s simple, really: The more ozone that’s directed into your scent stream means more ozone that can attack and destroy the odor as it leaves your body … before it can travel downwind and ruin your hunt.
When Ozonics is used properly, your odor is being actively managed using a combination of the three (3) distinct variables discussed below:
- Odor is completely destroyed: A portion of or, on some occasions—all—human odor is eliminated by the time it reaches the animal downwind.
- Odor is altered: In the process of the odor being attacked by ozone, scent molecules that are not completely destroyed begin to unravel at a molecular level and become altered to the point they are no longer recognizable to the animal. The animal may detect an odor, but it’s new or unrecognizable and is not associated with a known scent or danger.
- Odor is reduced to a non-threatening level: As a result of the previous two actions the hunter’s scent has typically been reduced to the point that if human odor is detected by a game animal, it has been reduced to the point the animal believes/thinks/senses the hunter is 400 yards away, or a safe distance, instead of 22 yards away, a lethal distance.
All three things work together to effectively manage hunter odor in the field by not only maximizing existing opportunity, but by creating opportunity that simply didn’t exist before because of the expanded scent footprint left by the hunter using only “passive” scent control techniques.
Can Ozone Be A Stand-Alone Scent Management Tool?
This is where the use of oxidation technology truly separates itself from all other forms of scent control. Because Ozonics can and will effectively clean human odor in the downwind air stream for as long as you have a charged battery, you are able to create the most critical element in any scent management situation—you are attacking, eliminating and reducing the odor in the air space between you and the animal. When a hunter struggles to find the time to go through a pre-hunt scent control regimen, they can still hunt and be confident in their ability to effectively manage their odor by using their Ozonics HR Unit.
Ozonics Active Scent Control Vs. Passive Scent Control: Can They Work Together?
Remember, passive scent control—carbon clothing, detergents, scent-reducing sprays, etc.—is effective, despite its limitations: At the moment you’re finished with your pre-hunt scent control regimen (wash clothes, shower, spray-down, brush teeth, apply deodorant), your scent control is at the highest level of effectiveness it could possibly be at that exact moment with the passive scent control products and practices.
At this point, your passive scent control methods begin to degrade, and the main two hunt-spoiling odors you encounter will be car odor or the sweating you experience when walking to the stand. These new odors become harder and harder to control as the hunt continues. The one thing passive scent control products help do is reduce the amount of residual odor on the hunter. In turn, this reduces the amount of odor released into the downwind scent stream that needs to “cleaned” with ozone from the Ozonics HR Unit. This reduction in released odor increases the amount of ozone available to attack, destroy, alter and reduce the remaining odor, increasing your hunting opportunities and chances of success.
New Ozonics Products
Ozonics 2016 Products | 2016 ATA Show
(Video) – Buddy Piland shows what Ozonics has to offer in terms of 2016 products at the 2016 ATA show.
NEW HR300: The newest generation of in the field ozone generating power is here. The New HR300 features enhanced odor destroying ozone output—up to 45 percent more than the HR200. In addition, the HR300 utilizes Integrated Pulse Technology, which balances time and oxidant concentration to ensure the proper amount of oxidant is deployed when using it in the DRiWASH mode to cleanse your hunting gear. Not too much. Not too little. Use in the stand, in the blind or in conjunction with the new KiNETiC and DRiWASH and take the power of Ozonics with you on the go—where ever your hunt may take you.
How long does the battery last?
The HR300 Smart Battery boasts 5 hours of run time in standard mode and 4 hours on Boost Mode, with an optional accessory extended life XL Battery that runs 10 and 8 hours respectively. Full charge time is 6 hours to attain a 100 percent battery recharge. There are extra batteries available here.
NEW KiNETiC Backpack: kinetic - ki·net·ic kəˈnedik/ adjective: of, relating to, or resulting from motion. Unless you’re hunting from your living room, you’re on the move—and your scent travels with you. The new KiNETiC allows you to harness the power of Ozonics no matter where your hunt takes you. On your way into the stand, as you leave the stand, or while stalking your next trophy, the KiNETiC and Ozonics take care of your scent zone—you take care of making the perfect shot.
NEW DRiWASH System: In a perfect world, you’d wash your hunting clothes before and after every hunt. But this is hunting, and there is no perfect world. That is why there’s DRiWASH. Use in conjunction with your HR300 or HR200 and harness the cleansing power of your Ozonics Unit. With a specially designed airflow system, the DRiWASH ensures efficient and effective odor elimination for all your hunting gear. No more 3-hour washer and dryer jobs. With two 20-minute cycles—that can be done anywhere—your hunting clothing an gear will be scent free.
Here’s the short story: Through Ozonics, ozone creates the only in-the-filed scent-control tool available, and ozone doesn’t simply mask your odor—it destroys it. The scent-controlling regimen you’ve been follow is a good thing, make no mistake about it. But those sprays, detergents and scent-controlling clothing have major limitations, and your success afield can suffer directly from that.
When used properly, focusing your in-field application around the TIME and CONCENTRATION formula described above, Ozonics and hunting with ozone will change the way you hunt—offering opportunities that will reflect directly and positively on your success.