When it comes to managing scent for deer hunting, you are talking about a massive field of study and an entire industry. But if you follow a few basic principles, you can significantly improve your chances of being successful in the deer woods without spending any extra money or getting another college degree. In this episode we cover the 3 basic principles for scent control when it comes to beginners and regular deer hunting.
- Scent Trails: When you walk through the woods, you leave an invisible trail of scent. You will greatly increase your chances of getting a deer if you pretend that every place you walk is a place that no deer will touch for the rest of the season.
- Wind Management: The wind is your friend or your enemy, if you can just keep it from being your enemy then that is good enough. The big thing is making sure the wind is not blowing by you into the area you are hunting. If the wind blows sent behind you or beside you, you still have a chance, if it is blowing it right into your shooting lane then you need to change spots or at least angles.
- Extra Scent: Most deer are used to regular people scent, just make sure you aren’t bringing extra scent with you. Don’t leave your hunting clothes in the kitchen before frying food or in the garage before staining wood. If you can just keep from bringing extra scent into the woods, it will go a long way.
- There Are Always Exceptions: These principles are “rules of thumb” they are true 80% of the time, but there are always exceptions. Wild animals don’t play by anyone’s rules but their own. Sometimes scent won’t bother them at all, and sometimes you could wear a pressurized space suite and they will still smell you and snort, stomp, and run. Get into the woods and get your own experience so you can learn what works for yourself.