I realize this is nothing new to the veteran hunters that have hunted Africa, but this is a scent control trick I had heard about from these veterans, yet I had never seen it in action, whether here in the states or on my last trip to Namibia. My awesome PH, Pieter Delport, would stop the truck each morning on the way to the 'hides' and we'd get out and collect cow dung. Pieter says cow dung burns the best, it burns slower, and burns well, putting off a good cover scent. Every time we'd get to a hide, Pieter would lay out a dung trail and set it on fire, regardless of the wind direction. In 12 days of hunting, there were only a couple of times where the animals caught our scent and on every one of those occasions, we realized that something went wrong with the burn pile. Either the dung was all burnt up as we didn't start out with enough, the burn didn't continue because of a break in the dung trail, we were having to burn something other than cattle dung, etc. The day I shot my Burchells was a prime example. We were in a pop up blind, 15 yards to the water, and 25 yards from where the animals would 'stage' before coming in to drink, and the wind was at our back all day. We thought of moving the blind, but I told him I was good with seeing how the animals reacted first. We were in that blind all day, the smoke was blowing straight to the water, and it probably appeared as though the blind was on fire, the smoke was often times that thick. But not one animal the entire day every spooked. And we had animals coming and going all day, often times with herds of waterbuck, eland, blue wildebeest, and hartebeest standing in the smoke and drinking water. There were times when we had, and this is no exaggeration, 30 - 50 eland and another 20 - 30 wildebeest downwind of us, often times under 20 yards. Even the warthogs came straight in and drank without winding us. The Burchells I shot came in from our left, crossed the smoke trail, and as all African animals are known to do, stopped to 'stare' at the water trough at 29 yards. My first Hartmann's Zebra came in, circled the blind at least three times within 20 yards, and still came in to drink. I was shocked, but because of my PH and the burning dung, I was able to take the #1 animal on my list on the first full day of hunting. Without a doubt, I would not have harvested the amount of animals that I did, had Pieter not utilized this well known scent control technique. I will probably be using it here in Texas from now on, I just have to be careful and not catch the pastures on fire. I was so impressed by this scent control technique that I had to film Pieter one morning as he set up the dung piles to burn. This was the same blind, and the day after, that I harvested my Burchells from as mentioned above.