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Do I really stink that bad?

Hey all,

I've been concerned with the amount of deer that are winding me with 'no real reason to." Of course they always have a reason, but...

For example, I've been down hunting a Kentucky lease for the past few days. Last night I hunted a field edge with thick woods surrounding me. I had several deer work about 100 yards above me. I checked my wind and it was blowing out across the field in the opposite direction of them, but after 10 minutes or so, they got all antsy and snorted, and then ran back into the woods. I got my binoculars on them before they ran, and they were all looking right at me. I was extremely careful to only move slow and I had great cover, so I don't know how they could have seen me. I checked my wind right after they ran and I was still upwind. I had another deer working into bow range that was also upwind and snorted at me. She might have seen me moving because I didn't see her until it was too late, but again, the tree has outstanding cover. Finally, past dark, I had a deer absolutely light up the whole hollow. The deer came from behind me and again, my wind was still not blowing that way. It could have seen me, but it was way past dark and the tree I was in was big enough to hide my whole frame.

I frequently wash my cloths in scent free detergent and spray myself down with Scent Killer before each hunt. All my hunting cloths are kept seperated from other cloths in a plastic box.

I do what I can to minimize odor but it seems to not be working. Maybe I'm moving around more than I think i am and misjudging how easily deer can pick you out, but I don't don't that's the case. Anyone else got any ideas or advice to offer?

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Do I really stink that bad?.....Why YES.....YES you do!

Sent control is always a tricky matter. I wash my clothing using a scent free Tide, and then I hang 'em outside....well away from the grill or anything else that is human. I spray 'em down with a permithin solution for ticks and let 'em dry again. They go into a plastic box and I put 'em on when I pull into my hunting spot. Yes.....I'm at the back of my truck changing into my hunting clothing.

Same with boots. Clean 'em with scent free stuff and they go into the same plastic box. Hat too. I try to step into some deer poop so the boots don't have any human scent on 'em.

Don't pump gas with your hunting duds on. Don't change inside the truck as there are too many scents to transfer. Keep your hunting duds separate from anything as much as possible.

None of it's 100%......but it all seems to help a little.

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PS: Those thermal wind currents will always mess with ya. Sometimes, a little luck goes a long way!!
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I have never been convinced of this scent abatement stuff. I know hunters that while hunting chew Red Man, pee close to where they stand, smoke Pall Mall cigarettes (my uncle), and munch on baloney sandwiches slathered in French's mustard; all of which have been consistently successful when bow or rifle hunting.
As for myself I find that my my weekly visit to the galvanized tub there on the front porch and a good scrub with Ivory soap are all that I need.
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i watched a video once, mayvbe it was bowhunting october whitetails..i cant remember. but they did a segment on air currents. they got into a treestand and set off a colored smoke bomb. the smoke went with the air current for about 20 yards then it dropped to the ground and went in the opposite direction. they discussed thermal currents and how that affects everything.


just because the wind is going in one direction doesnt mean it isnt doing something else a little further out. it was very interesting.

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i watched a video once, mayvbe it was bowhunting october whitetails..i cant remember. but they did a segment on air currents. they got into a treestand and set off a colored smoke bomb. the smoke went with the air current for about 20 yards then it dropped to the ground and went in the opposite direction. they discussed thermal currents and how that affects everything.


just because the wind is going in one direction doesnt mean it isnt doing something else a little further out. it was very interesting.
Start using milk weed to determine wind and thermals. Total game changer.

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Everyone keeps talking about milkweed. Now I gotta run across the road and get some...
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Deer can only smell what hits them in the face. Either you're setting up in spots that are not conducive to consistent winds or they're picking you out for some other reason. Depending on the orientation of the field edge with the wind direction, it could be swirling really bad. Picture water in a stream when it hits a big rock.

I don't do a single thing for scent control. I'll stop to get McDonalds and gas on the way to hunt. But I only hunt spots with favorable winds. I haven't even washed last years blood off my pants yet.
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How old is that stand position? Deer have learned to look up now there is no doubt about it. Maybe from the angle they are at your stand is eye level. I have had that, side if the hill and everything below me was ok but behind me due to the angle it was like I was on the ground. Also, if a stand looks the same all the time and then suddenly there are blobs in it, they are aware of that.
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I don't do a single thing for scent control. I'll stop to get McDonalds and gas on the way to hunt. But I only hunt spots with favorable winds. I haven't even washed last years blood off my pants yet.
Same here.
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Same here.
Same here! In fact when I still smoked cigarettes I had a cigarette in my mouth for almost every deer I shot.

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