Most definately. I missed a large part of the rut this year because of school and I was hunting another area. I have thought about taking of from school next fall or taking night classes so I can spend more time in the woods.
This exact thing happened to me a few years back. I hunted the same buck for 3 yrs. and never did see him. Everybody and their neighbor seen this deer in the fields adjacent to my stands and running into the woods right where my stands where.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...