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#3292909 - 07/16/13 11:50 AM How far does scent carry?
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I am planning for my annual hunting trip in Kansas and I was thinking about a stand location located in a horseshow draw. I was looking at an aerial map pondering if I could get away with a wind direction that blows across the open field from one side of the horsehoe to the other. So how far does human scent carry?
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#3292910 - 07/16/13 11:50 AM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: Jarred525]
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forgive my spelling of horseshoe? \:\)
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#3292916 - 07/16/13 11:53 AM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: Jarred525]
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My understanding is that deer can smell you from a quarter mile or greater. Now, whether or not they perceive that scent to be a threat depends on many factors.
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#3292921 - 07/16/13 11:59 AM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: Poser]
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How bad do you stink?
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#3292936 - 07/16/13 12:10 PM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: Master Chief]
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Depends on your amount of odor, wind speed, thermals, humidity, terrain... I would say.. In some situation u need to worry about it for 2-300 yrs but in some only 30-50 yrds. Just my personal opinion
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#3292956 - 07/16/13 12:28 PM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: Master Chief]
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 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
How bad do you stink?
Good question, let's assume that I have taken as many scnet precautions as possible, such as taking a scent free soap shower and proper washing and management of my hunting clothes and gear.

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#3292957 - 07/16/13 12:33 PM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: Jarred525]
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 Originally Posted By: Jarred525
 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
How bad do you stink?
Good question, let's assume that I have taken as many scnet precautions as possible, such as taking a scent free soap shower and proper washing and management of my hunting clothes and gear.


Under those circumstances, you may be able to get away with far more than you think.

Another thing to consider (that most don't) is "How pressured are the local deer?" Highly pressured deer are going to be much more jumpy about human scent than little-pressured deer.
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#3292998 - 07/16/13 01:09 PM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Jarred525
 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
How bad do you stink?
Good question, let's assume that I have taken as many scnet precautions as possible, such as taking a scent free soap shower and proper washing and management of my hunting clothes and gear.


Under those circumstances, you may be able to get away with far more than you think.

Another thing to consider (that most don't) is "How pressured are the local deer?" Highly pressured deer are going to be much more jumpy about human scent than little-pressured deer.
I think that the pressure is the key as well.
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#3293076 - 07/16/13 02:34 PM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: Football Hunter]
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A few years ago, I watched a small herd of elk pick upmy scent spook at what must have been at least 400-yards across a canyon.
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#3293357 - 07/16/13 07:12 PM Re: How far does scent carry? [Re: Jarred525]
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 Originally Posted By: Jarred525
 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
How bad do you stink?
Good question, let's assume that I have taken as many scnet precautions as possible, such as taking a scent free soap shower and proper washing and management of my hunting clothes and gear.


If it was me I could pull a hair off the game I was after. That close. I've had deer lay down right next to me, as long as I didn't move, they were clueless. Once I moved and had a deer dance in front of me for about 5 minutes. It must have thought it was bigger and badder than me, it was dark out.

Most people really don't take scent control very seriously, they think they do, but they don't.
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