The Outdoors' Best Smells

Research shows that scent evokes memories and past emotions with more potency than any other sense. A psychologist would say that is why the scent of leather makes me think of football; why fresh-cut grass evokes memories of summer; and why one whiff of my mother-in-law's perfume terrifies the hell out of me.

It also probably explains the decades-old love affair sportsmen have shared with Hoppe's No. 9. Not only does it have a naturally appealing smell, but it stirs memories of times spent afield, a favorite over/under and maybe even the first time Dad showed us how to clean a gun. I love the stuff and, when I'm not trying to dab it behind my significant other's ears, I'm applying it to my guns. Problem is I only get to enjoy its scent wafting through my gun room for an hour or two before it's gone. Finally, though, Hoppe's has created the product sportsmen have demanded for so long: A Hoppe's No. 9 air freshener!

Let's celebrate its release by naming our other all-time favorite outdoor smells. I've listed my top 10 below. I look forward to reading some of yours.

-Burnt shotshell powder
-Roasting (skin-on) mallards
-Gundog puppy breath
-Wet retriever
-That old, family hunting cabin smell
-Pan-fried quail
-Pheasant feathers
-Wet, decaying leaves underfoot (think grouse/woodcock season)
-Duck blind Thermos coffee

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10 Responses to The Outdoors' Best Smells

Mark wrote:
August 31, 2010

Pine woods around a N. Michigan trout stream and .410 powder

chuck wrote:
August 29, 2010

Deer Blood

Dale wrote:
August 27, 2010

Fresh cut grass.

raymond main wrote:
August 27, 2010

a freshly mown' hay field

Pete wrote:
August 26, 2010

Salt air.

Mike wrote:
August 26, 2010

My favorite smells are high country early morning frying bacon and campfire coffee!

AZ-Stew wrote:
August 26, 2010

Shagbark Hickory smoke. Takes me back 50 years to Boy Scout campouts in Indiana.

Gail wrote:
August 26, 2010

Freshly cut alfalfa

Don wrote:
August 18, 2010

Pine needles

Ricky wrote:
August 17, 2010

Wood smoke from a chimney