Deer Hunting | Scent Control Techniques for Early Season Bow Hunting

Improve Your Scent Control When Deer Hunting With These 4 Scent Control Basics

You have heard it time and time again, both scent control and hunting the wind have been drilled into your head. As of now, you have formed either one of two opinions– You either completely agree and feel scent control is vital when deer hunting or you could care less and think you will get away with it. Given your opinion, one could make an assumption of whether or not you’re a bow hunter or a firearms hunter. The bow hunters experience the importance of scent control on those muggy, mosquito-filled afternoon hunts of early fall. During this time a deer’s nose is at full strength. On the other hand, a firearms hunter may sit comfortably in a Redneck box blind, drinking coffee with 30 deer in a cut corn field, with not a moment of attention paid to scent control. The big difference in these two scenarios is obviously humidity… a major point in the discussion of scent control. For all the bow hunters eagerly awaiting to jump into that muggy humid stand, why not make it worth your while using these scent control techniques?

It’s no secret that companies have made big bucks off of scent control clothing and products, but it’s no gimmick. If you are sitting there wondering, “Well I see deer and don’t have anything for my scent!” then you have no idea what you’re missing! Unbeknownst to you, deer have been avoiding your area well before you see them. If you want to make the most out of your deer hunting season take a look at each level of basic scent control to see what you can improve upon.

Level 1: The Base Layer

A good base layer of scent control clothing is the best way to start minimizing your scent this season. Clothing such as the Drake Non-typical™ clothing not only integrates scent control technology but brings serious and functional clothing to the table.  The clothing is complete with Agion Active XL™ scent control. The Agion Active XL™ offers 360° human odor protection as it treats the clothing with a dual-action anti-odor technology.

Level 2: You

Eat your breakfast or dinner, drink your coffee, and then clean up using scent products. You should also consider scent free deodorant and utilize scent eliminating technology like Scent Crusher®. It may seem overboard, but coffee breath or other food odors are a lot stronger to a deer than to you. If your wife or husband hates your breath, there’s no way you can get it past a deer! Integrating scent control products like the Bone Collector Swirling Wind Spray. View the full line of Bone Collector scent elimination products here.

Level 3: Sprays and Detergents

Washing clothes in scent free detergent and hanging them outside to dry is an important step in controlling your scent. Spraying odor eliminators in the field on your clothes and body helps, but don’t forget about your equipment like camera gear, hunting pack, and gun or bow!

Level 4: Getting to the field

Keeping your deer hunting clothing in scent controlled storage will keep them from picking up odors in the house and on the way to the field before deer hunting. Not putting on your clothes until you are in the field goes a long way in avoiding contamination from filling up with gas, your auto air freshener, or any other odors that you may come in contact with. To eliminate these traveling odors, you can either utilize Ozone Go, an odor eliminating ozone dispenser unit for your vehicle, or by using the Ozone Gear Bag, a bag that keeps your clothing and gear scent free while you’re on the go. Both of these products from Scent Crusher® allow you to complete your scent control process from start to finish.

The humidity of the early season makes it hard to fool a deer’s senses but improving on these 4 basic levels of scent control is a good start. However, always remember that hunting the wind is the most crucial factor in beating a deer’s nose.

If you liked these scent control tips and techniques, you will love our blog on how to use deer scents. Check it out below!

Deer Scents 101 | The Bone Collectors’ Guide to Deer Scents



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