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Best Ways to Use Ozone During the Rut

By Brodie SwisherNovember 11, 2022

Ozone generators have grown surprisingly popular in recent years among the hunting community. What hunters initially suspected to be nothing more than an overpriced gimmick, has now found its niche as a viable tool among deer hunters attempting to contain their human odor when hunting. And when it comes to pulling out all the stops to punch your deer tag, the rut is the time to make it happen. 

So if you’re looking for an edge when going head to head with rutty bucks this season, consider adding ozone generating products to your bag of tricks. Here’s a look at the best ways to use ozone during the rut.

Best Ways To Use Ozone During The Rut
Ozone generators can save your hunt when the winds aren't in your favor.

Ozone At Home

The process of treating your clothing and gear with ozone starts at home. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of tools and tactics for making this process smooth and simple. You’ll find ozone generating gear bags, totes, and even a closet to keep your entire hunting wardrobe “washed” in ozone at a moments notice. 

Your clothing, gear, packs, boots and more can be treated with ozone in the comfort of your own home, office, man cave, or hunting camp. Just be sure to pay attention to suggested run times for exposing your gear to ozone. Gear with rubber or elastic can be destroyed by over-exposure to an ozone generator. 

Best Ways To Use Ozone During The Rut
Keeping your clothing and gear scent free starts at home.

Ozone For Your Truck

Let’s be honest, a hunter’s truck can quickly become a nasty smorgasbord of stanky smells that’ll send any deer into the next county. On any given day, a hunter’s truck could smell like a chicken biscuit, gas, deer blood, and monster buck urine.

To some it’s the sweet smell of November. However, you’re not likely to find a deer (or wife) that’ll tolerate it. That’s why a plug-in style ozone generator for your car or truck is a nice addition for hunting season. These little generators are affordable and easy to use while you’re away from the truck.  

Just plug it into your cigarette lighter, and let it cycle through a treatment the night before your hunt. It’s a small, but mighty, tool that really works. 

Best Ways To Use Ozone During The Rut
Use an ozone generator in your truck to knock out the odors that build up during hunting season.

Ozone In The Treestand Or Blind

The place ozone generators truly earn their keep is in the treestand or deer blind. This was the original purpose of these tools in the early days. You simply hang the ozone generator above your head in the treestand and the unit releases a blanket of ozone over your human odor to eliminate any odor traveling downwind and spooking deer. 

As stated earlier, there were plenty of skeptics of the validity of such a device for the whitetail woods in the early days. However, once a hunter experiences the impact the generator can have on his or her hunt, they’ll quickly be adding an ozone generator to their gear list each season. And while a lot of hunters may balk at the idea of carrying an extra gadget to the deer woods, the generator is truly worth it’s weight in gold when you need it most. 

Best Ways To Use Ozone During The Rut
The Ozonics unit above your head in the tree can be a lifesaver when the wind switches directions.

What about you? Do you use an ozone generator? How do you go undetected from the nose of a whitetail deer? 

Comment below, and let us know your system.

Brodie Swisher
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Bowhunting.com. Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
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