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Whitetail Scents & Sensibility (feature article)

October 2009 Feature Article:

Whitetail Scents & Sensibility

"Always hunt into the wind" - Sage words of wisdom, this is perhaps the single most important tip any neophyte hunter learns at the outset of their hunting career. Deer rely heavily on their sense of smell. So it stands to reason that if we're to avoid detection, we should use the wind in our favor. Combine this with the appropriate use of scents or scent-blockers, and you're off to the races! Read more...

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Scents, Did you know Deer have 2 Noses

I have seen a few people that get carried away with scent blockers. I had one guy out at the ranch, that after all the scent blockers and attractants he used, He smelt like a Florida Swamp in KANSAS.

I would he rather just go find Some Cow S--t and , well you know.

I read this article by DR Karl V Miller from University of Gerogia, Its great that we have some great people continuing to do research, on the animals we have been hunting for years. Its called Deer Talk with their Noses.
Check it out.
http://warnell.forestry.uga.edu/deerpens/html/research.html

Have a Great Scent filled Hunt.

Gregg

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Whitetail Scents & Sensibility (feature article)

hanging your hunting clothes in a barn is as about as good of sent blocker you can find for hunting farm land

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Whitetail Scents & Sensibility (feature article)

I use scent blockers religiously in WA and have since my bow hunting friends told me I had to. Spent both early and late season hunting in Eastern WA and havent filled my tag yet, but spent 10 day in Northern MN with my family in the Deer Shack and I smelt like a huy who'd spent 8 days in a Deer Shack with 3 other guys when I took my buck there. I think they have their place but nothing just being straight downwind.

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Scent

We have all been advertised into believing we have to have all the expensive scent control clothing.  I have it but can not say it has changed my success.  I control my scent as best I can.

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N2 da wind that's what i try

N2 da wind that's what i try 2 dew...sure i go an buy scent away an spray all over me no'n it ant gonna kill all my odor's,but if that wind is N my face i no he ant gonna smell me....2 of my last 3 wall hanger's i got the last 45 minute's of daylite after work'n an sweat'n all day long around fuel product's...N Yo Face! lol...

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   I definitely believe in

   I definitely believe in scent control. But, I hunt the wind and use the cheaper spray and have never owned a pice of scent blocker clothing in my life. I fill my tags every year and usually take a fairly decent buck every year.

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Like the others here I use

Like the others here I use the wind.

I have never believed in the "ScentLoc" Clothing hype and to add to that, the fact that there have been millions of Deer taken throughout the ages with nothing more than the use of the wind and some local natural scents to help mask human scent.

I will place my hunting clothes inside a scent free trash bag along with some crushed Pine Needles from my hunting woods and I'll also crush some and rub it on myself while walking to the stand.

I may also use some Doe Pee especially when there are lots of Doe's around.

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Agreed!

JTapia wrote:

Like the others here I use the wind.

I have never believed in the "ScentLoc" Clothing hype and to add to that, the fact that there have been millions of Deer taken throughout the ages with nothing more than the use of the wind and some local natural scents to help mask human scent.

I will place my hunting clothes inside a scent free trash bag along with some crushed Pine Needles from my hunting woods and I'll also crush some and rub it on myself while walking to the stand.

I may also use some Doe Pee especially when there are lots of Doe's around.

I would have disagreed with you about Scent-Loc but after the big lawsuit that was started against them in May I agree now. http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/big-buck-zone/2010/05/scent-lok-showdown

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Yep, I saw that a couple days

Yep, I saw that a couple days ago.

They knew all along that their product had no effect eliminating human scent but pushed the research to the back of the file cabinet and hawked their product using false claims.

 

I am sure that there are products out there that will help eliminate human scent but I fully believe that if you will take some basic precautions to control your scent and use the wind, there is no advantage to using these suits and other scent eliminating products.

However, if that is what you chose to do then by all means do it. Confidence is a good part of the game and besides it helps the sponsors and puts folks to work. Wink

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Good Point

JTapia wrote:

Yep, I saw that a couple days ago.

They knew all along that their product had no effect eliminating human scent but pushed the research to the back of the file cabinet and hawked their product using false claims.

 

I am sure that there are products out there that will help eliminate human scent but I fully believe that if you will take some basic precautions to control your scent and use the wind, there is no advantage to using these suits and other scent eliminating products.

However, if that is what you chose to do then by all means do it. Confidence is a good part of the game and besides it helps the sponsors and puts folks to work. Wink

Well said!

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