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      4 THINGS EVERY BEAR HUNTER SHOULD BRING TO CAMP

      4 THINGS EVERY BEAR HUNTER SHOULD BRING TO CAMP

      By Tracy Breen

       

      Bear season is just around the corner.  Now is the time to start thinking about what gear you should bring to camp. Many bear hunters head to Canada each year to bear hunt and although Canada has lots bears, often Canadian outfitters don’t provide hunters with everything they need to have a successful hunt. If you are going bear hunting this spring, below are a few things you might want to have packed before leaving home.

       

      BRING YOUR OWN STAND

      Many outfitters in Canada use homemade ladder stands made out of wood and nails. If you plan to spend days in a treestand, bring a climber or a ladder stand of your own. Homemade wooden stands aren’t always safe and aren’t comfortable. If you bring your own stand, make sure you bring one with an extra comfortable seat. Like hunting the whitetail rut, sitting in a treestand for long hours is often required. Sitting on a 2x4 won’t be easy and chances are you won’t sit on one for long before you decide to head back to camp. A comfortable stand is a necessity.

       

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      Image Courtesy of Game of Inches TV

       

      BRING A PREDATOR CALL

      Bring a predator call. When people think of black bear hunting, they often think of sitting over bait. Even when sitting over bait, you can pass the time by using a predator call from time to time. A friend of mine called in a huge black bear while hunting over bait. A fawn in distress works great. Keep in mind bears don’t have long attention spans. Call often if you want to peak the interest of nearby bears. Big bears sometimes shy away from bait piles but don’t think twice about running in to check out a wounded fawn.

       

      BRING A SCALE

      Bring a scale with you when bear hunting. Very few outfitters ever have a scale in camp. If you really want to know how much your bear weighed, bring your own scale so you can weigh it yourself. Often the weight of bears is overestimated. A scale will tell the truth.

       

      BRING A WYNDSCENT UNIT

      Bring a few attractants. Depending on weather, bait piles don’t always give off much odor and bears don’t always know the bait is out; especially during the early season. Wyndscent offers an electronic vapor hunting scent called Donut Shop. The Wyndscent unit utilizes the power of vapor to disperse the Donut Shop scent. The unit can be turned on and off with a push button remote and the vapor travels extremely far, thanks to the fact that the hot scent coming out of the unit easily travels with the wind current. Unlike bacon burns, the Wyndscent is easy to use and bears love the sweet smell of donuts.

       

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      Many hunters believe the outfitter will have everything they need to have a successful hunt. Sometimes hunting is slow and that is when having a trick up your sleeve like a Wyndscent unit can make a big difference. The Wyndscent unit can be screwed into a tree or used on the ground. You should always bring scent of some kind when bear hunting. Bait alone doesn’t always bring bears in close.

      You've been using Hunting Scents all Wrong. Here's Why.

      You've been using Hunting Scents all Wrong. Here's Why.

       

      It's no surprise that a whitetail's sense of smell is their first line of defense. Mature whitetails rely on it so heavily that they often position themselves so that each breeze and air current educates them on their surroundings. Fooling that sense of smell is no small task, but taking advantage of their dependency on it is certainly something worth doing.

      Now let's face it- the majority of us have not had a whole lot of success with attractants. Deer might check them out when they come through out of curiosity but you rarely see a whitetail coming to you BECAUSE of the scent. There lies the problem. Traditional scents are too passive.

      In order to produce a more proactive scent a few things are needed.

      Consistency.

      Right now when put out scents you either pour some urine on the ground or hang it from a branch using a wick of some sort. This is what hunters have done for ages. One of the problems with that dispersal system is that it becomes LESS potent as the hunt goes on. The strongest that scent will ever be (on most days) is the moment you take it out of the bottle.
      You want something that continuously reapplies that scent. Wyndscent is the only scent dispersal system that reapplies scent incrementally throughout your hunt.

      Heat.

      In order for any scent to be spread it has to be evaporated. For example, A cold apple pie has little to no odor while a warm apple pie is extremely fragrant. Although Apple Pie is a solid the warmth evaporates that pie, turning it to a vapor and spreading that scent.  The same applies to scents for hunting. The Wyndscent unit heats the scent and forces it to evaporate and travel farther, similar to an apple pie. This is a major benefit, especially in cold weather when very little heat is available to cause scents to naturally evaporate.

      Vapor.

      Vapor is the product of the scent being heated, so naturally it makes the scent more potent. Vapor is the perfect medium for dispersal as it also allows the scents to spread with the air currents without being influenced by gravity.

      Now is the time. Look at your current gear. Do you have a proactive system that works to extend the range of your scent and draw in game or are you still using a passive system that relies on the proximity of your target animal?

      Watch how game reacts to Wyndscent below!

       

      The Power of Vaporized Hunting Scents

      The Power of Vaporized Hunting Scents

      A new style of using scents for hunting has emerged, and the science suggests that it might be more effective than anything hunters have used in the past. In the past, debates on hunting scent, be-it cover scent, food, urine or estrous scent, have focused on the source of the scent and its base… oil or water. However, not as much discussion has focused on the all-important aspect of how the scent gets from the source to an animal’s nose. Using energy to vaporize a scent, instead of simply dragging it on the ground or hanging a wick from a branch, can not only help scent travel farther, but also be effective in a wider range of conditions. What is vaporizing, exactly? We’ll dig in a little deeper, but for now, imagine someone using an e-cigarette. As they inhale, the liquid inside the chamber heats up to create a vapor, which you can visibly see as the person exhales. The same idea is true here, but with hunting scent instead of nicotine in the liquid. Let’s briefly dive into the science of vaporizing scents and then discuss whether or not they could have actual benefit in real-world scenarios.

      How Animals Smell


      Let’s start with the basics. Certain types of molecules, scent molecules, have very specific shapes and structures. All molecules that make up a substance (liquid or solid in our case) are rapidly vibrating. This happens on a scale much too small for us to see. If those vibrating molecules have just enough energy, they’ll break free of the substance and begin floating freely in the air. This is called vaporization. When the vaporized scent molecules enter the nose of an animal, special receptors are activated and send signals to the brain. Those signals are interpreted as smell. The concentration of scent molecules is also important. Animals such as deer, bear, and dogs have hypersensitive noses that are capable of sensing smell with much lower concentrations of scent molecules than humans. The key thing is that the scent molecules need to be in vapor form in order to travel by wind and air currents from the source to the nose, or they’ll never be smelled.

      What is Vaporization, and Why is It Important?


      How do the scent molecules become vaporized? Well, there are two primary ways that something can be vaporized, evaporation and boiling. Evaporation happens from the surface of a liquid. Small amounts of internal energy will cause some molecules to escape the surface and become airborne. Scent molecules are no exception. A puddle of water in the middle of a road will eventually dry up after the sun comes out because of evaporation. It happens slowly. Boiling, on the other hand, happens rapidly from the bulk of the material, and can turn a pot of water into vapor in a short matter of time. The temperature required to do this often means the addition of external energy. For the pot of water, that energy comes from the flame of the stove. With an electronic vaporizer, the energy comes from a battery powered electronic circuit that heats the liquid. Both evaporation and vaporization achieve the same result but in different ways. It’s easier to control boiling because we can simply add heat. Evaporation will speed up or slow down depending on environmental factors such as the humidity and the temperature. It will happen quickly in warm, dry conditions, and slower in cold, wet conditions. That can have a large impact on the effectiveness of hunting scents that rely on evaporation in the real world.

      Electronic Vaporization Has Real-World Benefits


      Have scent drags and wicks worked for you? Have they worked for your buddies? If you’re like most, the answer is “sometimes yes, but sometimes no.” Remember, if conditions aren’t favorable for evaporation, less of that scent will become airborne. Most of it will stay put within the gel or scent wick where they do you no good. Once again, we want scent to get in the air. But wait? How can a deer smell your entry route? How can a bloodhound follow somebody’s scent on a sidewalk? Don’t the animals smell scent on the ground in those instances? Well, the source of the scent is on the ground, but it still evaporates just enough that animals with a very sensitive nose can pick it up. So how can electronic vaporization help, specifically? By using energy to heat up a liquid scent, we can force it to become a gas and become airborne much more rapidly and reliably than we could through evaporation. Have you ever noticed that hot food smells more than cold food? Well, physics has a reason for that. In wet or humid conditions, electronic vaporization beats evaporation. In cold conditions, electronic vaporization beats evaporation. Considering that the whitetail rut often occurs in a period of cooler temperatures in the upper MidWest, it makes sense to give your scent a little “boost” in getting airborne.

      Additional Benefits of Electronic Vaporization


      Electronic vaporization has another advantage over using liquid, gel, or solid scents in the traditional manner. You can set specific intervals at which scent is released. If scent is simply placed on the ground, it will slowly evaporate until gone. That entire process could take days. We all know that deer and tracking dogs have the ability to pick up a weak ground scent that’s days old. With vaporization, bursts of strong scent can be released from the moment you enter your spot until you leave, and then promptly shut off. That reduces the chance that an animal will investigate your scent overnight, only to also discover your human scent and avoid the area in the future.

      Is scent vaporization the magic trick that will finally bring that big buck or bear into your setup? Well, nothing is guaranteed in hunting; however, science certainly gives a leg up to scent vaporization.

      Garrett Prahl
      DIY Sportsman

      Fourth Arrow Brands Introduces WyndScent

      Electronic VAPOR HUNTING Scent

      Louisville, KY, January 5, 2016– Fourth Arrow brand officially introduces its flagship product, WyndSCENT. This revolutionary VAPOR HUNTING SCENT applicator houses and disburses proprietary scents. WyndSCENT aims to revolutionize the means in which hunters apply their scents in the field.
      Fourth Arrow is a division of a larger corporate conglomerate that includes a retail packaging facility and design center, as well as a global product sourcing operation. The group also includes a digital marketing firm that has many years of experience in the hunting and outdoor industry.
      Rob Wynalda, President & CEO of Fourth Arrow explains,


      “Our mission at Fourth Arrow was and is to recreate the avid hunters ‘go-to’ products through the scope of technology with precision. WyndSCENT from its concept was a product we knew had great potential. Today, we believe WyndSCENT has the power to establish our brand in the (hunting) industry.”

      Rob Wynalda and his team at Fourth Arrow believe WyndSCENT truly revolutionizes the way hunters use attractant and cover scents and that electronic vapor technology is the perfect solution for combining the two. Fourth Arrow research shows that vapor bonds to air molecules stronger than sprays, aerosol fog or liquid concentrate thus allowing it to carry farther in the wind. When vapor eventually settles to the ground, it clings to trees, leaves and soil leaving a powerful ground scent trail as well. Because vapor travels thermal patters and natural air currents it masks human odor and creates a phenomenal cover scent.


      “This is a single product that solves 2 of the top issues for whitetail hunters – attracting deer and masking human odor. The whitetail hunters dream ‘two birds with one stone’ scenario.”
      Calvin Beeke – Michigan Whitetail Pursuit

      With a flagship product like WyndSCENT and access to critical resources internally, Fourth Arrow is capable of becoming a strong brand in the hunting and outdoor market.
      Be on the lookout for additional Fourth Arrow products that are impress with quality and innovation.
      If you would like more information about WyndSCENT, please contact Fourth Arrow by email at info@wyndscent.com.