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by Steve McCadams

    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.



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