Scent Control can be very important when deer hunting. Although I know hunters who smoke and don’t pay any attention to the wind or scent control and they have taken several nice big deer. But you know how the saying goes, a blind squirrel gets a nut every once and a while or something of that nature. I just believe if you are serious about deer hunting and harvesting mature trophy bucks on a consistent basis you must pay attention to wind direction and scent control.
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There are many good products on the market to help you with scent control.There is one noise that makes a hunter cringe when in the woods (other than a nearby gun shot) a whitetail blowing at you is a bad feeling. Although no matter how hard you try to control your scent when deer hunting sometimes it is damn near impossible to keep whitetails from smelling you. Especially if the wind direction is shifting. Even if it is shifting I feel much more confident if I take a few steps to control my scent. I wanted to list a few things that I do to keep my scent at a minimum.
Tips on Being Scent Free
- The first thing I do is wash my clothes in some type of liquid clothing wash for hunters. I like the way the autumn blend smells.
- Store your clothes and boots in scent proof bags and maybe throw in a few pine needles or scent wafers or some plain old baking soda.
- Take a shower before going hunting using a scent eliminator soap
- Use a scent away anti-perspirant deodorant. I like the Hunters Specialties brand.
- Keep your boots in a scent bag until you arrive at your property and are fixing to go out. Don’t ever pump gas in your boots.
- Use scent eliminator spray and cover scents
- Pay attention to wind direction and use it to your advantage
- Don’t smoke or dip while in the woods. This one is a hard one for me, I do dip in the woods even though I know I should not.
- Wear light clothing when walking to your stand to avoid sweating and put on more layers once you are at your stand or in your stand.
- If the wind shifts and is not to your advantage you will be better off to change stand locations. This is a tough one it can be a tough call to get up and leave a location once you are in the stand but if you are serious about harvesting mature trophy bucks you must pay attention to wind direction.
By paying attention to wind direction and doing your best to control your scent you can put the odds in your favor for a mature trophy buck.
There are many factors to take into consideration that can lead to successful deer hunting. That being said, what is the definition of successful deer hunting? That is defined I believe by what each of us want it to mean. I recently went on a bow-hunting trip to Illinois on public land and did not kill a buck but I was able to rattle in a nice buck and was able to film him coming in and even though he turned out to be smarter than me that one encounter in my eyes made for a successful trip. I have gone deer hunting on public land off and on for many years and have learned that just being able to encounter a big buck on public land can be quite a challenge.
There are many things that hunters can use to their advantage to help them have successful hunts. Some things us hunters use to help us figure out whitetail movement patterns are weather, moon phases, hunting pressure, food sources, water sources, wind direction, and many more. And they change quite a bit on a regular basis yearly, monthly and even daily.
For Successful Deer Hunting Hunt The Rut
But there is one thing that is fairly consistent from year to year and that is peak rut period in most locations. And if we can determine the peak rut period in the particular locations we hunt we can be sure to spend as much time in the woods during that peak rut period and we will greatly improve our chances of being able to kill a mature buck or at least see more whitetails on a consistent basis. Even if your definition of success is not to kill big bucks but to put meat on the table for your family hunting during the peak rut period will improve your chances at success. The rut always seems to go by so fast every year and that’s why every year I try to figure out when the peak rut will be and schedule my vacation during that time, because I want to spend as much time in the woods during this period. If possible I like to hunt all day during the rut because if there are does in estrous the big bucks will be on the move throughout the day looking for that receptive doe. The mid-day can be just as productive as the morning or evening hours during the rut. So if you want just to see more whitetails or big bucks in particular you might want to figure out when the peak rut is in the area where you hunt and then get in the woods and hunt as much as possible during that period. That doesn’t mean that other times of the year can’t be good times to have successful hunts because that hunt of a lifetime can happen at any point in a season but to increase your odds of a successful hunt spend as much time as possible in the woods during the peak rut.
Deer hunting windy days can be frustrating but also can be rewarding.
This is the whitetail buck my father killed during mid-day on a very windy late October day.
Windy days can be very frustrating when deer hunting windy days. That being said deer hunting windy days can be to your advantage.
Deer Hunting Windy Days
The whitetail buck on the left here is my father’s best buck ever and it was taken on a very blustery afternoon of deer hunting. The big bucks are far less likely to pick off your movements when it is windy. Just this past season here in Kansas I decided to go scout a piece of public land.
The season had already started and I had been wanting to check out this particular piece of property. It was around lunch time and the wind was blowing like crazy. I found a place where I could enter with the wind in my face and started easing in looking for trails rubs or scrapes. As I made my way over a hill I spotted antlers shining in the sun about 35 yards away. The wind was howling and the big 8 pointer never had a clue I was there. He was bedded on the side of the hardwood ridge in the sun. He wasn’t the type of buck I was after, but never the less he was a nice whitetail. I filmed him for about 25 minutes until he finally got up and meandered off. I have no doubt I could have stalked up closer to him and shot him with my bow had he of been a shooter.
I prefer to still hunt on really windy days rather than to hunt from a tree stand. I have been in some trees on really windy days that I literally had to hug I was so shook up the wind was whipping that tree around so hard. It would be really hard to make a clean ethical shot if your tree was constantly whipping around from the wind. That’s why I prefer to be stalking, and the big bucks for the most part will be bedded down on windy days. Not always though especially if the pre-rut or rut is kicking in.
The whitetail my father killed was on a very blustery mid-day and he was up following does. So just because the wind is blowing doesn’t always mean those big bucks are going to be bedded. Either way just because it is very windy outside you might not want to sleep in and use the wind as an excuse to do so. You might just have the best hunt of your life on that very windy day.
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