If you’ve ever seen Top Gun, you may recall the scene when Maverick and Slider are in the meeting with Charlie, played by Kelly McGillis, who appears to turn down Maverick’s request for a date.
Slider, the smarmy wingman for Iceman, chuckles and says, “Crashed and burned, huh, Mav?”
Maverick, the flyboy cowboy lead played by Tom Cruise, leans in and says, “Hey, Slider.”
Deer communicate with us by giving us the white flag, stamping their feet, snorting and snuffing, heading into the other county in a flash and leaving us to wonder WTH just happened. You weren’t moving, Your stand setup was good You slid in about as quietly as possible and with enough time to let things settle down.
Most likely, a deer’s mega-nose ferreted some of the odor molecules wafting on the air from you and figured it was time to boogie. Deer have about 295 million or more olfactory receptors and an incredible sense of smell. Their nose, gland and brain are hardwired to pick up the tiniest aromas even from days before when you were in the woods, brushing up against vegetation.
Here are five reasons you stink:
1. Outside Influences: Odors from the cafe you stopped at for breakfast, putting gas in your truck or ATV on the way to camp because you forgot to earlier, rubbing the dog’s head on the way out the door at home … all these can impart unfamiliar odors on you, your clothes or your gear
2. Foods You Eat: It’s pretty obvious when we eat something like garlic or onions because those stick around for a while. So do some other vegetables, such as asparagus, Our bodies process things differently and sometimes our bodies put off odors. And that large pepperoni pizza with anchovies last night doesn’t help, either.
3. Stinking Boots: Have you ever stuck your nose in those dog warmers? C’mon, put your schnozz in the top and take a big ol’ liver-deep whiff of your boots. When you come to and aren’t seeing stars anymore, do a few things to take care of that problem: remove the insoles and let your boots air out well, add baking soda or your favorite odor-killer to the inside and out, and if your budget allows consider purchasing a second pair of boots. Rotate them, let one dry while wearing the other, and in the woods douse them liberally with scent-killer.
4. Your Vehicle: We’re used to the inside of our trucks or vehicles. So we don’t think anything about the funky aroma of, well, us. But our seat cushions and interior carpet can hold aromas. Those can transfer to your clothes. Consider taking your clothes in a scent-controlling bag and putting them on when you get to your hunting site before spraying well with a controlling agent.
5. Your Deer Camp: Seriously? You haven’t washed your bed sheets in two years because, well, you only go a few times a year? And the mattress is the one you had in college? Not to mention the couch that was picked up off the curb. You certainly don’t have to be Martha Stewart with a dust rag or have a camp like something in Garden & Gun, but whatever your camp smells like is what you may smell like for the time you’re there. Clean up a little bit, buckaroos.
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