JPH: You know, I reread your post about what measures you take, and the last line you stated, "And I still get busted", made me think about a theory I have on this scent issue.
So for what it's worth.......
I noted that you do take extraordinary steps to minimize your scent, going far beyond in fact, what many other hunters do, me included. As I mentioned elsewhere, I have never used any scent-loc either. From what you have said, you also pay close attention to wind direction, and I have no reason to doubt you, or any other hunter of experience, because wind direction is deer hunting 101. Yet you still get busted. Now, I don't know how often you get busted, but if it's more than a time or two a season, then you are NOT that rare, as I have known several other folks over the years that DO take care to reduce their scent as much as possible and have the same problem. Some of these guys get busted in TREESTANDS often enough to complain about it.
I use the methods that I outlined, which are FAR less than what you do, and yet I can honestly state that I can count only 3 times in the past 30 years where I was busted while in a treestand, or at least busted by deer that I could see and could confirm that they did.
For the past 5 years I've ground hunted, and have even there only been busted twice, and that was when the wind shifted to my back when the deer was within 30 yards. I have deer every season within 5 to 10 yards of me on the ground, and they never knew I was there.
I have been busted FAR more by my errant MOVEMENTS than by anything else.
So......my theory is that we all have different body chemistry, and that must greatly affect ability of deer to wind us under various conditions. The only thing I do different than 90% of the other hunters I know, is that I take the chlorophyll tablets, but I don't think for a minute that that's the answer, because I've only been taking them since I started ground hunting. I don't really claim to know if they even work, but they obviously don't HURT, and at $15.00 for a full deer season's worth, it's a cheap investment.
What do you think?
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