Scent Control for Hunting – Part 1

Scent Control for hunting

Scent, sound, and sight are the whitetail’s biggest defenses listed in the order of most importance.  A mature buck can keep track of danger by covering a very large area with just his nose alone.  Most hunters think that a deer only knows that a human is hunting them if they happen to walk downwind of the hunter’s stand and smell them.

What most hunters do not realize is that it is just not the human scent that is traveling on the air currents from their stands that alert the deer.  Most whitetails discover that they are being hunted by the odors left behind by the hunter coming and going from his stands.  By learning to control your scent, you will be one step closer to becoming a ghost as you travel through the woods hunting those monster bucks.

Scent Control Clothing

Scent control clothing came out quite a few years back.  Its purpose was to eliminate human scent.  Originally only one manufacturer made this type of clothing.  Now there are a handful of manufacturers out there producing good quality, scent control clothing.

Many casual hunters feel that this type of clothing does no good at eliminating human scent.  What you mus know is that this clothing is just part of the system you should use to help eliminate or reduce your human scent in the field.  If you do not buy into and use a complete scent control system, you will not contain your scent enough to consistently bring home those monster whitetails.

There is probably not a true trophy hunter out there that does not rely on some type of scent control clothing.  It does not really matter which brand of this type of clothing that you buy.  The important thing is that you use it property.

Do not just use the coat and pants of this clothing.  You must likewise cover your head, mouth, and even your hands.  Make sure you keep this product properly cleaned per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Most of this type of clothing gets revitalized, if you put it in the dryer for a period of time.  You will find that the more often you do this the better your hunting becomes.

Always store this product and any other equipment in a sealed scent-proof bag or container.  Never wear this, or any of your other hunting clothing around fire, gas stations, restaurants, the house, in your car, or anywhere that you could contaminate your clothing with foreign smells that could alert that trophy whitetail to your presence.

Selecting the Right Hunting Partners

Finding the right hunting partner

Your hunting partner, good or bad, will usually determine whether you will be a successful trophy hunter or not.  Many trophy hunters hunt alone due to the fact that it is hard to find a good hunting partner.  This allows them to do what they have to do without any restrictions.  Hunting alone means having all of your best spots to yourself.  Anytime only one person enters the woods, they will only leave half as much scent on the ground as would two people in the same woods.

To have three or more hunting partners is probably not a good idea either.  Any time there are more than two people hunting any one area, the odds of one of them taking home a monster buck lowers dramatically.  Groups of people hunting on small, highly pressured areas are usually a mistake that cannot be fixed.

If you have a bad or indifferent hunting partner you should think of moving on if you want to be successful at trophy hunting.  Anyone who does not show up on time in the morning, or is not ready and waiting for you when you pick them up, should be avoided.  If you find find yourself always doing all of the work for both of you, it is time to move on.  If your partner is always in a negative mood and does not push you to keep going, you are better off without them.  Never settle and hunt with someone who does not bring something positive to the party.

A great hunting partner will always make sure you get up in time in the early hours of the morning.  They will always share in all of the tasks that lead to that monster buck.  A great hunting partner is always willing to learn and is always willing to try something new.  They will work as hard trying to get you your buck as they do trying to get their own.

If you do not like hunting alone find yourself a good hunting partner.  Do not settle for second best, as you will always be disappointed.  Do not feel guilty if you tell your present hunting partner that you are no longer going to hunt with them.  This is for the best if you truly want to hunt mature bucks.  It is as hard to find a good hunting partner, as it is to find good hunting property.

Just because you find someone who shares your desire to hunt trophy bucks, you do not have to hunt the same properties.  They can help you set up your properties, and you can help them do the same.  Then when it is time to hunt, you both can go your separate ways.  At the end of each hunt, you can compare notes and give each other ideas on how to turn the odds more in your favor.  This works well in many cases.

If you can find a great hunting partner, and you both decide to hunt the same properties, you are very lucky.  Any time you can cover more than one direction that a mature buck might travel, you have doubled your odds of one of you getting a chance at him.  You will know when you find this kind of hunting partner, as you will not be afraid if they sit in one of your best stands.  You know they will be as careful as yourself, and the deer will not know they were even there.  You will both feed off each other, and even though you think the same, you both will have different ideas on how to handle each situation that you are confronted with.

Get In Shape To Hunt

Get in shape for hunting

Many people think that it is relaxing and easy to quietly sit in a treestand and wait for a poor, unsuspecting deer to walk by.  They are terribly wrong.  You need to be in shape to sit for many hours in a tree, especially if you sit from daylight to dark during the rut.  The swaying of your tree from the wind will constantly use every muscle in your body to keep balance.  If you are out of shape you will lose concentration quickly.

Walking around in rough and hilly terrain likewise is demanding.  Try dragging a two hundred pound deer for a long ways back to the vehicle.  Long hours without sleep will furthermore drain your energy, if you are not in shape.  Setting multiple stands in the spring or fall takes a person who is in good physical condition.  Otherwise it can get dangerous if you tire quickly.  Just climbing into your stand in the morning or back down in the evening takes good balance and strong muscles, if you are to be safe.

Summer is the time to get back in shape, if you have to.  Take long walks with your spouse to increase stamina.  Do some weight training.  Go on that diet that we all hate.  Lose those extra pounds that you do not want to carry up that tree or over that hill during the hunting season.

Here is one good excuse to go fishing.  The movement of a boat in the wind and waves closely simulates the movement of a tree in the wind.  This will help in building the muscles necessary to be comfortable for hours in a tree.  I bet you never thought of that one before.

March 2014

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Congratulations 2013 Photo Contest Winners!

First Place:
Dennis Johnson’s “Ohio 17 Point”

“This non-typical buck has 17 scoreable points. Taken in early November on a Base Camp lease. The buck was following a doe and was shot at 20 yards. This photo was taken the next day.”

Second Place:
Will Draughon’s “Wisconsin 181 3/4 P&Y Whitetail”

“This 298 lb Monster was shot at a water hole on 10/2/13.”

Third Place:
Casey Howard’s “Daylan’s buck he named Chocolate Face”

“February of last year, my son and I saw this buck in the cut corn field with several other bucks on our leased property. Right away we noticed he was a mature 10 pointer with a big chocolate head. We found his shed antlers about a month later 10 yards apart in the cut corn. Daylan said that this was the buck he was going to take. We got pictures of him all summer long on our trail cameras. You could tell he was a lot bigger than he was the previous year. After an uneventful early season with no sightings of Chocolate Face, Daylan knew that the rut was still ahead so he stayed positive. The big whitetail continued to show up on trail cameras at night. On opening weekend of gun season, we were in a stand. We hadn’t seen a deer all evening when at about 5:30 I looked over to my right and noticed a very large bodied deer coming through a gap in a fence separating 2 fields. When I looked through the binos, I could tell it was Chocolate Face. “It’s him, it’s him”, I said. Daylan was visibly shaking.  He held his breath and put a 180 yard shot directly into the boiler room. He ran about 30 yards before piling up. Daylan’s patience finally paid off with him harvesting the buck of a lifetime that green scored 155 6/8. Needless to say this one will be hard for him to top!!”


Start Planning for Next Season

As hunting seasons draw to a close across the country, some hunters will stash away their gear only to wonder where they put it when next season rolls around, while others will get to work for the up and coming season. Frankly, this is where we separate the part-timers from the serious hunters who are successful year in and year out.  So much to do and so little time seems to be a theme in this fast pace life. Why would deer management be any different? Whether you own land or lease the land you hunt, there are always things you can do during the off season to increase your odds for success for next year.
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Article by Erich Long

Shed Hunting:  5 Tips to Become a Better Bone Collector

With the warmer weather and the snow melting, it’s time for some shed hunting this week.

Check out this article for some helpful tips.

www.fieldandstream.com
Article by Scott Bestul
Photo by Donald M Jones

Spring Turkey Hunting Tips

Very few outdoor experiences can compare with spring turkey hunting. The sport can, to say the least, be challenging, exciting and in some cases almost addictive. When a gobbler sounds off up close, or he’s strutting just out of range, even the most experienced hunter’s heart tends to pound uncontrollably.

This article covers some of the basics to help get you started hunting wild turkeys. (continued)

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Article by Ron Eakes, Wildlife Biologist 

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