During the rut, smells can be your best friend, or your worst enemy. It is all a matter of CONTROL!
We all know the importance of odor elimination to the success of deer hunting, especially in harvesting an older buck. One whiff of human scent can send them the other direction faster than hanging up the phone on a “robo sales-caller”. Many times the hunter never even sees the buck that would have been in his cross hairs five minutes later had their scent not given them away.
How many times have you sat in your stand and heard a deer blowing an alarm from 400 yards away? All you can do is sit tight and hope he or she was blowing at a predator or other human scent from another direction.Problem is, more often than not, they are blowing an alarm from smelling you!
So, what do you do? My advice is to get sharper at your scent control tactics! I have hunted with guys who I really hated to even get in the truck with due to them reeking of scent from soap, deodorant, cologne, or other poor hygiene.
The sporting goods stores sell a myriad of scent elimination products that WILL eliminate or at least mitigate your odor and they are not too expensive! I had a friend who used to hunt with me and he swore by dial soap and baking soda.
Problem was this was not effective! Yet, he refused to spend some money on professional scent control or cover scent products. This “scrimping” on equipment was part of the reason he was rarely successful when it came to bagging a trophy class buck.
He took a few does and small bucks but, even then, the shots he made were over 150 yards. He also had quit bow hunting several years before I met him since he said he “never saw anything close enough to shoot with his bow” I decided to not even discuss that issue since I enjoyed bow hunting on the lease without him out there stinking up the woods!
My scent control regimen includes every human odor hygiene product available. I use the “DEAD DOWN WIND” brand of soap, shampoo, deodorant, mouth wash, tooth paste, hand wipes, etc. I use pine scent or earth scent for a cover scent in spray bottles found at many sporting goods stores. I also break off pine or cedar limbs if any are eadily available on my walk into the woods. I NEVER use my hunting boots any where but out in the woods and when I get back to my truck, I bag them in a scent blocker sack and wear some rubber boots going back to camp or to town. My outer wear is also bagged in a Tink Charcoal bag and I add it when I get out of the truck headed to my stand. For attractant scents, I use the TINK’S line of deer scents such as the TINKS 69 or TINKS MOCK SCRAPE to actively lure a buck to my location. If I am to be successful doing the luring, It is imperative to keep my human odor from mixing with the lure scents. When I do that, I can actively hunt in a “down wind” pattern and since deer prefer to move in an “upwind” pattern, this brings them to me in a natural flow and can be very deadly. Through the years I have taken many good bucks using this scent manipulation process. A deer trusts it nose before anything, even vision! When you defeat his scent alarms, you stand a much better chance to get him in close for that “kill shot”.
If you spend thousands on a hunting lease, a four wheeler, hunting truck, rifle, clothes etc. then spending a few more bucks on scent products seems like a wise investment.
However, A word to the wise, no scent product is perfect and deer will still “bust you” sometimes. Good scent control and scent lures will help to tip the scent portion of the hunt in your favor!