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#2901362 - 08/09/12 08:58 AM Re: It hit me while showering! [Re: Hill Country Hunter]
Winchester
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IMO scent control will give back what you put in it! Lackluster efforts will get lackluster results. First off there is no eliminating your human scent, simply cant be done. You can however significantly reduce the amount of scent you leave behind and put off.
I also agree that if a deer gets directly downwind and your scent stream hits them in the nose, they will smell you. Now how strong of a scent stream they get can be controlled atleast somewhat. The huge difference in reactions that people often discusss here, from "the deer was directly downwind and never smelled me, even after I hadnt took a shower in 3 days and wore the same clothes all season" to " I did everything I could and the deer still smelled me even when the wind was in my face" comes from different deer. Meaning each and every deer have their own personality, and some are much more wary and sensitive than others. Case in point is when you sit a stand and watch your entry trail. Having 5 different deer cross that path in the same exact spot, will likely get you 5 different reactions to your scent trail.
Im of the opinion that, while I know I cant eliminate my scent, reducing it as much as I can within reason definitely has its benefits in many situations. If the right deer hesitates just a second more before he pegs my scent, mission accomplished, as it may be the 1 second I needed to kill him!!! Besides that, showering often and wearing clean clothes is my daily routine anyway, not a big deal to do the extra steps for me!

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#2901440 - 08/09/12 09:59 AM Re: It hit me while showering! [Re: Winchester]
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 Originally Posted By: Winchester
... Besides that, showering often and wearing clean clothes is my daily routine anyway, not a big deal to do the extra steps for me!


What a novel idea!!! \:D

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#2901735 - 08/09/12 02:07 PM Re: It hit me while showering! [Re: Hill Country Hunter]
jbow
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Do you think scent control is needed in a bow hunting area that is between a highway and a developed housing area? These deer smell car exhaust, Ms. Smiths cooking, and the sweaty kids everyday. Do I still need to worry about scent control?
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#2901752 - 08/09/12 02:21 PM Re: It hit me while showering! [Re: jbow]
smyrnagc
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I would say to run around behind your car getting the exhaust on your clothes, stop by Ms. Smith and get a bite to eat and with all this running around you will be pretty sweaty...then go hunt. (Just funnin wit ya!)
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#2901759 - 08/09/12 02:22 PM Re: It hit me while showering! [Re: jbow]
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 Originally Posted By: jbow
Do you think scent control is needed in a bow hunting area that is between a highway and a developed housing area? These deer smell car exhaust, Ms. Smiths cooking, and the sweaty kids everyday. Do I still need to worry about scent control?


Hard to say. Really just depends on the hunting pressure. Suburban deer that are not hunted often will have a tolerance for human scent, however, just because they eat out of your yard does not mean that they will perceive you walking into the woods as a threat. They can get used to certain activities and have a understanding of when and where human presence presents a threat.

Personally, I always practice scent control when deer hunting if for no other reason then to just maintain the discipline of doing so. If you are already having success without it, then I wouldn't worry about it so much. There are so many factors involved in this. For example, if you are walking a half a mile through deer habitat to get to your stand, then you might want to consider your scent, however, sitting on a field edge or just barely entering the woods will not have near the same impact.
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