I saw a quote in Les Davenport's article in the Nov. '08 issue of D&DH. He is writing about the scent control efforts of urber-hunter Dave Emken.
Emken says, "No matter how free of foreign odor you think you are, downwind deer will smell you nine times out of ten."
I share this more to make myself feel better than anything else. I thought I was a scent fanatic, then I read you guy's posts about almost never being winded. [:(]
At least I'm in good company.
All due respect to Emken, but I`ve had deer walk in on the same run I walked in on, and come right to the base of the ladder on my stand and never know I was there. I have to take issue with his observation/opinion.
[font="times new roman"]This is interesting stuff. But to a new hunter, it sounds like rocket science. I can't afford scent lock, and am allergic to any antiperspirant. I wash in scent free soap, wash hunting duds in scent free soap and then store them in black trash bags inside a Rubbermaid tub; I live in the middle of an urban neighborhood so hanging outside is out of the question. I throw a fresh earth wafer in the plastic bag. I ware long underwear that has been washed in scent free to the farm, and then change into hunting duds. My boots only are worn after I change into hunting duds and go back into a plastic bag before getting into the truck. I drip some doe pee on the soles before walking to stand, and spray down with scent free spray unless it will compromise warmth to do so. This year I will only hunt areas where the wind is blowing my scent in a direction I don't expect deer to come from even if it means hunting from the ground. If this isn't good enough, I guess I won't arrow a deer, but am thankful my life doesn't depend on the meat. I have the philosophy that it is called hunting not shooting, and a day in the tree watching cardinals and squirrels is a huge blessing.[/font]
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[font="times new roman"]The hunter's safety instructor told the story of shooting a deer at 6 yards while smoking a cigarette. He told the story to highlight the importance of playing the wind. I wonder if he's just blowing smoke?[/font]
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