When I lived in Alabama, we had 1100 acres under lease for hunting. I lived in Marion which is about 8 miles from the lease. Most of the other guys lived in Birmingham which is about 85 miles away. Because of living close to the lease, I inherited the feeder filling duties. We used about 2600 pounds of Antler Max during "feeder times". We began feeding Feb 1 (after gun season closed) and continued until October 1st (about 2 weeks before bow season). As I was there more than anyone else to fill the feeders, my truck became a regular sound and sight to the deer. I carried 50 pound bags of feed to the feeders, dumped them in the top, and used my bare hands to spread the pellets out in the feeder trays. Obviously, the deer became accustomed to my scent, and, I believe, associated it with food. Now I'm not claiming that Booners followed me around looking for a handout, but I saw lots of deer while hunting during the 4 years that I was filling feeders, and I believe that a lot of them had scented me and just didn't get worried about it.
Now that I've commented on the "tame deer" situation, I'd like to ask a scent question. Does a persons "scent pool" rise up and away from a person? After all, our body temperature is 98.6 and a lot of scent,so I'm told, goes out through an uncovered head. So I'm wondering if my scent, on my downwind side, rises with my body heat, or hangs around the base of the tree I'm in, or what? I seem to see a lot of deer on my downwind side if I'm hunting my #4 stand. The stand is on a ridge top overlooking a hardwood flat to the west of me. To my east side, the hill goes down into a creek bottom that's probably 60 or 80 feet lower than the ridge line. Deer pass through this area and don't seem to scent me. I can only assume that the breezes carry my scent directly east of my position, and thus, over the heads and noses of the deer. Before you ask, it's too far to shoot with my bow, and yes, I have another stand that covers that creek bottom just a bit further north.I've always thought of scent as moving out away from a person as an inverted cone, getting larger in diameter, but less dense as it travels farther away from you. But if scent rises due to body heat, it will cool and come back down lower when it cools. Did you ever see someone with a cigarette that is just sitting in an ash tray? The smoke rises up, but then comes down lower after awhile and "pools up" . Woods Walker can probably add to this with everything that he's learned from his smoke bombs. How about it anyone?