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SCENT-LOK CLOTHING IN QUESTION?
Deer hunters in Minnesota are raising a stink about Scent-Lok
clothing, according to a recent story circulating throughout the outdoor
world and posted on the internet.
Four Minnesota men have decided that something smells with their
hunting apparel, and that suspicion has led to a lawsuit claiming that
scent-disguising clothing has duped hunters out of millions of dollars by
selling them a product that doesn't work.
The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota alleges the
clothing doesn't work and hunters have been - and continue to be -
defrauded. ALS Clothing of Muskegon, Michigan, the manufacturers of the
Scent-Lok clothing line is named in the suit. The suit says ALS is the
largest manufacturer and license holder for scent suppression clothing,
and licenses their products to at least twenty-two other companies,
including Gander Mountain, Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops and Browning Arms.
Those four, incidentally, are also listed in the suit.
. A spokesman for ALS says the suit is baseless, saying the company had
conducted "years of research" and collected "hundreds of testimonials from
consumers over the years." ALS products carry a guarantee that says users
will experience "unalarmed animals downwind."
This lawsuit isn't the first question raised about scent-suppression.
Hunting chat rooms and internet postings have raised questions about the
effectiveness of the technology for some time.
The question of the efficacy of scent-blocking technology has, indeed,
been one that has been heavily debated since the introduction of the
technology more than a decade ago. Now, it seems the question may be one
with millions of dollars at stake.
Steve McCadams is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing
area. He has also contributed many outdoor oriented articles to
various national publications.