By Mark Kenyon
It seemed like a crazy idea when I first heard about it.
That is, using ozone to control my human scent while hunting. I figured it was just another marketing gimic, which the hunting industry is certainly no stranger to. But a few friends of mine had been testing a product using this technology called Ozonics, and they claimed it worked wonders. After a lot of peer pressure, I was finally convinced to give one a try, and the results were impressive.
After a year of using Ozonics in the field, I had become a believer and I’ve used one of these units ever since. I haven’t hunted a single time since the beginning of the 2011 season without an Ozonics in the tree, and I don’t think you could pay me to do otherwise. If you’re interested in more of my thoughts on this specific product and insight into how it works, you can check out my original review – “Gear Review: Ozonics – HR-200”
That all said, my experiences with using ozone to inhibit human odor and the “results” I’ve seen have been purely anecdotal and based purely on my own personal observations. Those observations were enough to convince me, but I completely understand why many are still skeptical. There really hasn’t been much hard data out there that can prove or disprove the effectiveness of this technology to control human odor.
Recently though, Field & Stream’s Scott Bestul put ozone to the test, and the results might surprise some people. According to Scott, who’s been testing scent control technology for several years using a highly trained police dog (Chance), “this was the most shocking result in four years of testing.”
Furthermore, Bestul went on to explain “We’d put Borowiak’s other no-scent regimens under Chance’s scrutiny before, and the dog had found Bob almost immediately. Yet the addition of ozone confused that nose for nearly one minute, which amazed everyone.
Nothing—not even ozone—will completely cover human odor. But if you can muddy the olfactory water for 50 seconds, that’s plenty of time for you to get a shot at a monster buck.”
Products using ozone for scent control aren’t for everyone, I can completely understand that. But if you’re one of the hunters out there who’s been intrigued yet still skeptical of ozone scent control technology, you might want to check out the full article explaining this test. I was certainly fascinated, but in the end, not surprised by the results. See the link below.