Ozonics is the single most important piece of gear when it comes to my obsession that is hunting. My hunting adventures take me across North America from whitetails, to elk, to predators and the like. With scent control being an undisputable factor in every one of these hunts. Ozonics never fails to be the key to my success. These animal’s eyes might fool him, their ears might play tricks, but their noses don’t lie. And that’s where my Ozonics shines. Here’s the Ozonics gear I use on three vastly different hunts.
My hunts start early in the morning or late at night with the DriWash bag. If it’s late October through mid-November I am sneaking in hunts as often as I can. I don’t like to have to wash and dry my clothes before or after every hunt. It’s time consuming. Most of the camo we wear now days is what I would call “high end camouflage” which at times I think really means “high maintenance.” It’s doesn’t like to be washed and dried over and over. It fades the colors and wears it out. The DriWash bag is a great way to quickly and easily eliminate my odor with the 10-minute timed cycle of the DriWash mode on my HR300.
My hunt for the day starts the minute I walk away from the truck. But it wasn’t always that way. When I first started using Ozonics I only ran in the tree. I didn’t know any better. But one day the light bulb finally went on. I thought, man I could use this on the way in and out and probably sneak past deer I’m inadvertently bumping now. Way before the Kinetic Pack hit the market, I used to carry my Ozonics in one hand and bow in the other. Now innovation has led to the Kinetic Air which is a lightweight simple way to connect my Ozonics onto whatever gear is required for the day. On a cold day I might be using my Badlands Superday pack to haul in extra layers. And then the next a fanny pack for a warmer afternoon sit. I even connected it onto the back on my orange vest during late muzzleloader season here in Iowa last December.
I run the HR300 with one standard and XL battery during my hunts. And charge the battery at night with the included charger. If I’m just hunting a morning or afternoon, I can get away with just the XL battery. But when November roles around and all day sits become a must I run with both batteries. Between the two batteries I get up to 12 hours or runtime, which is enough for an all-day sit. I like the extension arm added to the mounting system. It’s a great way for me to be able to get my Ozonics where I need it to be on the downwind side. In a situation where the wind is in my face, the downwind side is behind me. In a big oak tree, the added length of the extension arm is a great tool to be able mount my Ozonics on the side of the tree and reach the back half of the tree where the ozone needs to be exhausted to most effectively come in contact with my downwind scent stream.
Elk hunts are a different type of animal literally and figuratively. Literally they have bigger eyes, bigger ears, and bigger noses than whitetails. All wild animals whether deer or elk won’t put up with much guff. My experience would say if deer are sensitive than elk are hypersensitive. Elk seem to make a bigger deal when they catch you red handed; turning into a freight train as they run the other way. Figuratively elk hunts become a game of logistics not only from just travel and hunting techniques but for the fact that elk hunts can be so physically demanding. Your sweating all day from the pack on your back and the terrain and elevations doesn’t do you any favors. Then let’s add in that you’re probably not hunting your back forty, everything is far. And the number of days since your last shower and fresh clothes cant be counted with your fingers from just one hand. Elk hunts can be a scent control nightmare. Until Ozonics.
The Ozonics Orion is made for these types of tough scent control situations with the addition of the HyperBoost mode. This gives me 25% more ozone than Boost mode. Some hunts I run my Orion on HyperBoost the whole time knowing I sacrifice battery runtime. On other hunts where electricity and charging can be an issue HyperBoost is saved for only crunch time. I run with two XL batteries for a day hunt. Again, it comes down to logistics on how many batteries and chargers I will have back at camp. If electricity and weight aren’t an issue, I run with at least two chargers and two spare XL batteries.
I mount my Orion in one of three ways on a typical day elk hunting. 1) In the Kinetic Air, 2) on the mounting system, 3) and in my DriWash bag. These three Ozonics accessories are all equally important to help me be more successful. I use the Kinetic Air and mounting system just as I do on a whitetail hunt. The difference being my Orion spends most of its time in the Kinetic Air. On an elk hunt I spend 80% of time walking and moving and 20% sitting. On whitetail hunt those number would be opposite. Either way both mounts help me exhaust ozone in my downwind side. The DriWash has also become my saving grace to help keep my clothes fresh. And the mobility of the bag to be setup anywhere: from a lodge, to the side of a truck door, or a tree branch at 10,000 feet.
Predator hunting with an Ozonics is something in the past few years has really started to catch on. In part because a good chunk of predator hunters are diehard whitetail hunters. Fall deer seasons give way to winter predator control. First because it’s fun, and second because every coyote harvested saves who know how may fawns that spring. With so many whitetails hunters knowing the power of Ozonics it’s easy to see what it can do for predators. When you start to interact with whitetails, elk, or predators by calling at them they all do the same thing. They circle downwind. A predator wants to be able to smell what it’s hearing or seeing. Its nose doesn’t lie. And when they circle downwind that’s where my Ozonics gives me an advantage like no other.
I like to run my Ozonics HR230 for predator hunting. I run the unit on Boost mode and have a standard and XL battery ready to go. Most hunts are multiple set ups where one battery will do but it’s piece of mind to know I have that extra battery if the morning is lighting the world on fire. I walk in with the unit mounting on the Kinetic Air. How I approach a set can have more to do with my success than how I setup. If I booger everything out on the way in what’s the point. The HR230 skin is a great addition as well. I like the neoprene skin because it quiets the HR unit down to the touch. I find myself tip towing into a spot and the HR230 skin doesn’t disappoint in helping me stay undetected. On super cold days I will stick a hand warmer between the HR230 and neoprene skin to try and keep the battery as warm as I can. It’s like my cell phone if I accidentally leave it out in my truck on a winter day for a couple hours the cold will drain the battery.
I like to utilize the quarter twenty female threads on the bottom of my HR230 and screw it against a camera tripod I have. This a great option when a set up requires me to make up shop where there isn’t a tree at my back. I either extend the tripod legs and tuck myself underneath of it pointing the HR230 in the downwind direction. Or lower the legs and set the tripod and HR230 just above head high on my downwind side accordingly. I will sometimes also use the mounting system and screw it into the wood of a h-brace fence post. A fence can be a great way to break up your outline and the fence post can give me the height I need to get my 230 above my head.
The DriWash again is my go-to to round out my scent control. Much like whitetails and elk circumstances change from day to day. One day is heavy-bulky cold weather gear and the next is milder weather with less layers. The DriWash does it all. I find myself DriWashing my gear for predator hunts right before I go. Even if that means getting up a bit earlier in the morning to get the cycles in. The juice for me is always worth the squeeze on eliminating the odor on my gear with the DriWash bag.