A vast number of hunters out there today don’t realize how important scent management is for a successful hunt. Taking off hastily to your hunting spot may cost you the trophy of a lifetime. As hunters we would never enter the field without taking the time to target practice with our bow, or sight in our rifle. Why then would we not take the time to make sure our scent is under control as well?
Testing has shown that without any sort of scent management, humans leave a specific odor in the field that can last for days. After many years of being in the field, I’ve learned how crucial scent management is for successful hunting.
It’s not a difficult process, but does require time and attention. With a little preparation, you can improve your hunting successes just by following a few easy steps. Skipping any part of proper scent management could be costly in the field.
When it comes to our hunting clothes, proper laundering is key. I like the laundry detergent by Dead Down Wind for washing my hunting clothes prior to my hunt. Their formula contains a unique group of enzymes that penetrate deeper into the fibers to eliminate any scent particles your clothing may have come in contact with. To ensure that your clothes don’t absorb new odors, make sure all clothing is completely dry, and then place into some sort of scent-tight container. Large zip type baggies work well for this.
After your clothing is taken care of, the next step is to remove your own scent. The human body is a wonderful breeding ground for all sorts of odors that are easily identified by big game. By eliminating the odors on our bodies, we can become virtually undetectable in the field. Using a combination of personal hygiene products will ensure that you are on the right track to complete scent elimination. Products like Dead Down Wind’s shampoo, soap, antiperspirant, body lotion and toothpaste actually prevent odors from forming on your skin, or in your mouth.
Once in the field, it’s a good idea to eliminate any odors you may have encountered on your way. Something as simple as a ride in the car can contaminate your clothing with fuel fumes, food scents, cigarette smoke, and a whole host of other odors. As a last line of defense, spray your clothing and footwear with a field spray. Many of Dead Down Wind’s field products come in convenient sizes, allowing you to throw in your pack and take with you into the field. I personally like the Field Wash Cloths for early season bow hunts when the weather is still warm enough to cause perspiration.
I don’t really know if it is ever completely possible to fool the nose of a mature whitetail so therefore, I employ these crucial steps to scent management, watch the wind, and climb as high as possible. My hunting is serious business and I want every advantage I can get. So far it’s working!