Skip to main content

How to Design the Ultimate Scent-Free Deer Hunting Room

How to Design the Ultimate Scent-Free Deer Hunting Room

Every great idea has an inspiration. This one came last November when I was sitting in the kitchen at Copper's Creek Outfitters in Illinois City, Ill., gnawing on a piece of home-cooked fried chicken. The smell of the farm bird cooking completely filled the room — it damn near wafted over to Iowa — saturating every inch of air in deer camp. While nobody was complaining about the fine post-hunt meal, we were all aware that this odor spelled doom if it were to find its way onto our hunting gear.

Not to worry, Beau Carlson, owner of Copper's Creek, had the cure to all the scent and odor challenges that plagued this hunt and, for that matter, every hardcore whitetail outfitter in existence. Carlson has created a scent-free chamber on his place, essentially a shed that acts as a staging ground for his clients, a sterile environment to stash their hunting gear.

This ultimate hunting room is about 280 square feet and comes complete with a full dryer unit, an ozone machine mounted in the corner of the enclosure, lockers created for each individual hunter, enclosed boot dryers, hooks and shelves to hold just about anything, and it's just about 20 feet from the front door of the lodge. As every Copper's Creek hunter finds out, this room becomes the core of their preparation and an essential part of bringing that big buck home.


Inspired by Carlson's creation, we set out to build our own ultimate scent-free deer hunting room. Here's how she'd look.


Your whitetail room doesn't have to be a full-on shed; you can use an out cove, closet, or even a sealed clothes wardrobe that can be quickly attached to an ozone machine. But if you want to get serious about this build, you can spend $1,399 on a Lifetime 8-foot by 12.5-foot Outdoor Storage Shed featuring high-density polyethylene plastic, powder-coated steel, and stain resistant polyethylene plastic flooring. Just cover the vents, build a foundation, and you're ready to roll.

No matter how you build your whitetail room — you can pick up shelving, hooks, and lockers at Home Depot, too — or where you choose to put it on your property, you have to outfit this chamber with the right stuff.

Ozone Generator

Just like the porcelain throne in your bathroom, the ozone generator you use in your whitetail room sets the mood. For larger rooms we suggest you go with the Jenesco Inc. FM-14 ($383). Jenesco claims this is the best O.G. for the money — meaning it's got the highest output. The unit can neutralize odors in rooms up to 6,000 square feet and fight mold and mildew in spaces up to 1,000 square feet, which would be more than enough to tackle the odor picked up from a day in the whitetail woods. Not to mention it only weighs 8 pounds and can be used anywhere there's an AC plug-in.

The Complete Scent-Elimination Kit

There are more than a few sprays, washes, and soaps to get the day-to-day scent elimination job done. All work fairly well considering cost, but we'd suggest you go with the Code Blue EliminX system. Keep your shelves filled with copious amounts of Code Blue's body wash, shampoo, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, earth scent spray, and field wipes, to make sure you never miss a beat.

Scent Removing Ozone Generator with Garment Bags

Beyond the odor-killing power of a full-size ozone generator, you've got another, more cost-effective option for treating just your clothes. We know that every time you wash and dry your scent blocking garments it lessens their effectiveness to some degree. The Eco3 Log6 ($129) allows you to skip a few rinse cycles and still re-treat your clothes after every hunt. The Log6 comes complete with a plastic hose you can hook into a garment bag and a timer to set your desired length for treatment. Hang the garment bags in your lockers and call it a day.

Portable Boot Dryers

Any scent-free area has to be moisture free, too. The PEET Boot Dryer ($85) is famous for its ability to eliminate odors caused by perspiration and bacteria in your footwear. Pick up a couple of these units and stash them in your scent-free chamber and you'll be able to store your boots without worrying about moisture. Just let the ozone generators do the rest.

Scent Blocking Clothing

Not long ago, I took a look at the long-standing carbon clothing debate and some of the new scent blocking gear hitting the market. Whether you think it works or not, you better have some on hand if you're going to go this far with the project. Scent Blocker's Trinity Technology uses a new synthetic polymeric resin at its core to produce what the company says will be the new standard of scent blocking garments.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Fare Game: Stuffed Elk Backstrap Recipe

Fare Game: Stuffed Elk Backstrap Recipe

Take your venison loin to a whole new level with this delicious reverse-seared stuffed elk backstrap. Smoking the backstrap on a Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill first, then finishing it on a blazing-hot skillet or flattop, creates a perfectly cooked, medium-rare steak with a crispy, seared exterior. The filling of diced mushrooms and creamy Boursin cheese adds a whole new level of amazing flavors to an otherwise classic smoked venison loin.

Moon Phase Rut Tips

Moon Phase Rut Tips

John Dudley, technical writer and host of Nock On TV discusses why it's imporant to follow moon phases for the rut.

Venison Cheeseburger Bites Recipe

Venison Cheeseburger Bites Recipe

If you're tired of the same old jalapeno and cream cheese poppers, here's a completely different take on the popular party appetizer. Easy to make, and incredibly delicious, these mini cheeseburgers, wrapped in bacon, make the perfect one-bite-fits-all snack for your next tailgate party or hunting camp.

B&C Typical Mule Deer

B&C Typical Mule Deer

Doug Burris Jr's typical mule deer taken in 1969, could just be one record that will never be broken.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Follow these basic steps to prepare your meat, then pair it with one of these delicious marinades.8 Best Venison Marinades Recipes

8 Best Venison Marinades

Hank Shaw

Follow these basic steps to prepare your meat, then pair it with one of these delicious...

Are predators really to blame for declining deer numbers? The answer might surprise you.Do Coyotes Really Affect the Whitetail Herd? Conservation

Do Coyotes Really Affect the Whitetail Herd?

Jeff Johnston

Are predators really to blame for declining deer numbers? The answer might surprise you.

These trail cameras feature the latest wireless technology.The Best Cellular Trail Cameras for 2020 Optics

The Best Cellular Trail Cameras for 2020

Tony J. Peterson - July 09, 2020

These trail cameras feature the latest wireless technology.

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians; learn more about this tick-transmitted problem.Ticks Making People Allergic to Meat News

Ticks Making People Allergic to Meat

David Hart

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians; learn more about this...

See More Trending Articles

More Whitetail

Chances are good that you're not getting the best out of your trail cams.3 Ways You're Using Trail Cameras Wrong Optics

3 Ways You're Using Trail Cameras Wrong

Tony J. Peterson

Chances are good that you're not getting the best out of your trail cams.

Killing a smart old bruiser is a lifelong endeavor for most of us.Tips for Hunting Mature Whitetails Whitetail

Tips for Hunting Mature Whitetails

Craig Boddington

Killing a smart old bruiser is a lifelong endeavor for most of us.

Mastering this art form can bring more big bucks to your treestand.The Science of Calling in Whitetails Whitetail

The Science of Calling in Whitetails

Jeff Johnston

Mastering this art form can bring more big bucks to your treestand.

The clock is ticking. Here's how to scout bucks in September.Low-Impact Tactics for Last-Minute Whitetail Scouting Whitetail

Low-Impact Tactics for Last-Minute Whitetail Scouting

Jeff Johnston

The clock is ticking. Here's how to scout bucks in September.

See More Whitetail

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now