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Save a few dollars and add some color to your next hunt

Want to save a few dollars next season? Why pay $3-4 for a 4 pack of felt scent pads? One thing that I have done for many years is make my own scent wicks. Large squares of felt can be purchased from the craft store or from most department stores that offer a craft section for as little as 15-50 cents. They offer a wide selection of colors and even multicolored patterns.

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After selecting the color or colors you want to use cut the felt square in half using either a pair of scissors, a sharp knife and straight edge, or a rolling fabric cutter and straight edge on a cut safe surface.

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Then cut into strips to your desired width. since these are a little thinner than the commercial bought pads I tend to stay around the one inch width and will fold each strip in half long ways to fit in the bottle before dipping into the bottle of whatever liquid lure I am using. I typically get 18-22 scent strips out of a felt square that as you can see in the above picture I picked up for 23 cents each.

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Once the strips are cut I either use a hole punch and make a hole or will carry them with me and make a small slice with my pack knife just prior to use. Either way I package up a few small quantities into small Ziploc bags to keep them from collecting odor until use.

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The wide assortment of colors also comes in handy if you have a child that bowhunts and you want to help them judge yardage from the stand. Its as easy as color coordinating the scent strips with the yardage pins and placing them accordingly around the stand to assist them.

I hope you found this useful for yourself or someone you know.

Matt Doolan

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.



About Matt Doolan (2 Articles)
Matt began hunting/fishing with his uncles in the mountains and streams of Virginia at a young age of 8 and fell in love with the outdoors. The memories and experiences he had over the years has led him to want to share the outdoors with his boys. Both boys began going to the field with Matt at the age of 5 and both had their first successful hunt at the age of 7. Hunter’s first harvest was a young 6 point buck taken with a 50 cal. muzzleloader and Tyler’s was a Spring gobbler with a .410 shotgun that was Matt’s first successful filmed hunt. Matt enjoys taking kids on hunting trips and finding new ways to make it fun and entertaining for them so they stay motivated and interested in the outdoors. His personal hunting passion is bow hunting from a treestand and the thrill of having an animal up close and going unnoticed by it. Occasionally he will pick up a rifle and try to see how deep into the mountains he can go in search of a giant whitetail that no one has ever laid eyes on, and scenery that is undisturbed by humans. Matt currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and nearly all of his hunting has been on the mountains that border both sides. Matt is an US Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His sons are going on 11 and 13 and are developing their own skills from the things Matt has shown them the last few years as they are developing into young outdoorsmen. He looks forward to sharing his view of the outdoors with you and some of the tips he learned over the years to help get kids involved and keep them interested.

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