but it's new to me. I'm new to hunting, so still learning, but I know there's no way to completely eliminate odors with clothing. Reducing your signature is the same whether dealing with people or animals, except animals rely more on scentthan vision. It's a complete system that involves limiting movement, odor, and using natural and artificial camouflage.
I do wonder about commercial cover scents, like those Hunters Specialties wafers or the dirt scented spray and dryer sheets. I understand enzymed-based scent killing sprays, but I don't understand how those artificial cover odors don't alert deer.
One of the law enforcement courses I went to included how to interact with patrol and narc dogs and they explained an animal's ability to smell with the analogy that where we smell a Big Mac, the dog can smell each ingredient in the Big Mac and can be trained to hit on a particular ingedient. I don't know how many more or fewer scent receptors a deer has versus a dog, but it seems odd that artificial cover scents would actually work.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...