Ann R. from Alabama
writes to ask a question about scent control. "I'm new to bowhunting,
and am learning about scent control as I go. Walking to my stand last night I
noticed that my jacket was bumping some limbs. Wouldn't this leave some scent,
or is that something so insignificant that it wouldn't matter?"
Actually Ann, when it comes to human odor and a deer's nose, nothing is
insignificant. What I've done over the years is prune a path to my stands so
that my clothes do not touch any branches. In fact, depending on the wind
direction, you might get to your stand from two different directions, along two
different routes. If that is the case, do some limb trimming on both paths.
Always wear clean gloves washed in scent free detergents when you touch any
branches on the way to and in and around your stands. Yes, any human scent is
that important when it comes to deer, especially those big, old bucks.
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Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He's also an outdoor writer and has been with "Bowhunter" magazine for more than 31 years.