Being long time MS, Al, and GA whitetail hunters we are very aware of the importance of scent control. I have been scented by lead does from 200 yds, even after the obligatory bath in scent suppression soap and washing the clothes in the same. While we were in CO for the 2008 season we that the mule deer we encountered were significantly less caring about our scent and presence than what we had experienced with whitetails in our part of the country. Honestly, the muleys stood around like cattle, letting us get out of the truck taking pictures in situations where whitetails would have been only given a brief glimpse of their tails as we slowed down.
We have read that elk are very dependent on what their noses tell them and accept that as all wild , however we can't help but wonder if they are in reality more like the mule deer or truly are as sensitive as the whitetails we are familiar with. To those with experiences of both whitetail and elk hunting how would you compare the two, are elk as sensitive as whitetail?
Recently I have started using a spray of vanilla flavoring as more of a cover and calming scent. Figure as long as I am breathing where is no way to eliminate the output of my smell so I might be better off just trying make it less offensive and many whitetail hunters swear by the vanilla. My question is, do any of you have any experience or thoughts about how elk might respond to vanilla scent?