Scent control is the ultimate name of the game when it comes to deer hunting. Deer can smell a hundred times better than a human. A mature buck has one of the best sniffers in the woods and fooling it is not an easy task. Proper and routine scent control is a consequential element in any hunter’s success strategy. A deer can smell human scent 150-200 yards away and can pick up a hunter’s trail for several days after it was left. Deer communicate to one another using the scent.
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Tips to eliminate scent
Anytime you are heading to the woods; scent control should be at the top of your list. When you are attempting to have a close encounter with an animal that possess millions of olfactory receptors, a couple of precautionary steps should be taken to reduce as much human odor as possible. There are dozens of sprays, soaps, deodorants and ozone generators on the market. However, you need to have a consistent scent control regime and not just to buy a bulk of these eliminators.
Scent control begins by a consistent and careful hygiene. Hunters may differ on their preferred brand of scent free shampoo or soap, based on one’s preference. The bottom line is that you need to choose scent free products that work with your PH level. Make it a habit of showering before every single hunt. Ensure that you use a scent-free lotion as the lotion helps prevent dryness when sitting for countless hours in harsh winds and cold temperatures.
After the shower, ensure that every piece of clothing that you put on has been washed in a scent free soap. Be keen on the detergent you use as some may be allergic to your skin. There are many types of laundry soaps for hunters, and even plain baking soda will work. Do not let your significant other wash your clothes with the rest of the laundry. Store all these clothes in a scent blocker bag. A plastic trash bag will also provide scent free storage in case you do not have the scent control storage bags.
Play the wind
The wind is the vehicle that carries the scent. If you can hunt during perfect wind days, you can control your scent’s availability to deer and increase your odds exponentially. You need to approach the hunting area with the wind on your face. Consider hunting from tree stands or blinds downwind from deer and deer trails. If you find that the wind is not so perfect outright, you may consider choosing a different stand location to avoid spooking and alerting the deer.
Become as physically odorless as possible
To achieve this vital precaution, use the following scent free products;
- Laundry detergent
- Bar soap
- Shaving cream
Companies such as Hunter’s Specialists and Dead Down Wind are leading in offering products marketed purposely for hunters looking for scent control. Otherwise, you can just visit your local grocery store.
Boots is one of the most overlooked pieces of gear when it comes to scent control. Boots can hold scent for several weeks, and you need to ensure they are sprayed to avoid tracking of any unwanted scent. Only wear hunting boots in between your truck and stand.