Choosing Hunting Scents

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Make sure to eliminate odors from everything you carry into the woods. It makes no sense for your body and clothing to be scent free if your bow, pack and tree stand are saturated in human odors.

Hunting Scents Freshness

That half-bottle of scent in your gear closet left over from last year may not be effective this year. Air and bacteria work together to breakdown hunting scents, giving them the strong smell of ammonia. Fresh animal urine doesn't have a strong ammonia odor.

As long as hunting scents are bottled soon after collection and sealed well, they will last for many years without breaking down. If you're looking for a way to tell which hunting scents are properly bottled, sniff around the seal. If you can smell the contents the seal is not airtight and the contents are likely spoiled.

Hunting Scents Gels

Hunting scent gels don't evaporate quickly in the woods and thus retain their scent longer. Also, they won't spill. Hunting scent gels perform well in rainy weather or in places where you want to leave scent for longer periods of time. Hunting gel scents also don't break down as quickly as liquid when stored for longer periods.

Hunting Scents Single Animal Collection

A few companies are collecting animal urine from a single deer and then bottling it separately. Such deer scents are definitely different and possess an intuitive edge, but there is no data to prove that bucks actually prefer these lures over animal urine collected from more than one doe.

The Truth About Your Scent Trail

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There are a number of creative ways to use scents to improve your hunting. One way is to make mock scrapes near your stand so passing bucks will have a reason to detour close enough to offer a shot. Hunter shown wearing Mathews Lost Camo.

Those who train bloodhounds to trail humans know there are two kinds of trails that dogs can follow. They can follow actual human scent where the person touched the ground or vegetation with their shoes, hands or clothing. To help the dog sort out the individual scent, their handlers offer them some article of the person's clothing.

One dog trainer, who specializes in law enforcement K-9s, said that the stories about dogs cold-trailing a person a week after his or her passing are untrue. A dog can't smell human scent on the ground or on vegetation that long. He said that human scent is volatile and evaporates into the air long before that time. The dogs in these stories are actually following what he called "ground disturbance odors".

This second type of odor is caused by overturned earth, crushed grass and broken twigs. According to this expert, these odors last much longer than human odors and a dog can follow them several days later based on the size of the imprint, the relative freshness and the direction of travel. We can only assume that a deer has the same potential to recognize ground disturbance odors.

Because of the daily pressure to survive, deer have learned very sophisticated methods for detecting danger and it is at least reasonable that they recognize and react to ground disturbance odors on some level. You have probably seen a deer trail you when they showed more curiosity than fear. That would suggest that they weren't getting heavy doses of human scent, but possibly were trailing you based on these ground disturbance odors. However, even that behavior is inconclusive because deer are individuals and react differently to things depending on how they were taught by their mothers and based on their individual experiences.

It can't be said for certain that deer react to ground disturbance odors, but it is at least possible and if it is possible, it is probably occurring - at least with some deer. Because no animal has the same size foot or applies the same amount of pressure to the ground as we do, it is reasonable that no other animal in the deer's world will leave the same kind of disturbance odors as humans. With that in mind, we need to consider these odors, as well as standard human odors, when studying scent elimination strategies and when deciding on the best way to get to and from our tree stand and ground blind.

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