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Old 09-09-2014, 09:56 AM
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Default How Long Does Human Scent Linger?

So you're out scouting, and you find what you think is a good trail. How long before you go back, now that you've left your scent on it by scouting? Overnight? A few days? A week?
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:09 AM
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Awesome Question. I have Pic's on my cameras of deer less then an hour after I have been through checking them but I always try to give an area a few days before I go back in
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:46 AM
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That is a good question which likely has more than one correct(?) answer. I'd think it depends at least some on what the "next" deer is doing as they come upon the trail you just walked, or recently walked. If it is a doe with fawns being very cautious after already sensing human presence, it might be enough to bother her. If it's a buck, following the scent of a doe who passed along the same trail prior to you, perhaps he doesn't even pay notice.

Of course, the wild card in this is just how "stinky" those boots & clothes you're wearing are. Did you just stop and get gas while wearing your hunting clothes & boots prior to walking in? If you save your hunting boots and clothes for hunting only, you are likely leaving 1/10th of the scent as with the other example. Below are two deer, first was killed in 2012 while he was passing over the path I'd just walked in on. The second was a buck killed in 2013 after he walked nearly under my stand and through my "chew landing area" from behind. Killed as he continued walking on apparently looking for love.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:15 PM
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Well said Turner I agree & did not mention even when I check cams I do spray my clothes. I also think it depends on where you are how much human interaction there is in the area
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:45 PM
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Depends on how acclimated the deer are to humans.For instance,the doe who had twins in my daughters back yard just looked at me from 10 yards and went back to feeding.Where I hunt,if I mess up, I hear a snort and they're running away.
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That is a good question which likely has more than one correct(?) answer. I'd think it depends at least some on what the "next" deer is doing as they come upon the trail you just walked, or recently walked. If it is a doe with fawns being very cautious after already sensing human presence, it might be enough to bother her. If it's a buck, following the scent of a doe who passed along the same trail prior to you, perhaps he doesn't even pay notice.

Of course, the wild card in this is just how "stinky" those boots & clothes you're wearing are. Did you just stop and get gas while wearing your hunting clothes & boots prior to walking in? If you save your hunting boots and clothes for hunting only, you are likely leaving 1/10th of the scent as with the other example. Below are two deer, first was killed in 2012 while he was passing over the path I'd just walked in on. The second was a buck killed in 2013 after he walked nearly under my stand and through my "chew landing area" from behind. Killed as he continued walking on apparently looking for love.
I totally agree ...
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Every time I scout I try to spray down with the latest "scent getter ridder stuff" and try not to brush up on leaves grab trees and stuff.
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We don't de-scenticize when we're just out walking with the dogs, and that's the genesis of the question. Out with the dogs the other night, and wife and I spied the bestest game trail close to the house we've found. Now I want to go back and still-hunt the area, but was going to give it a week or so. I saw no other signs of human passage.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:27 PM
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I'm a firm believer that rain washes many scents away. Plus I'm also a believer that the more you walk, the less your boots/clothes smell like your world and begin smelling more like the woods you are walking in. Now, in neither case does it take the scent 100% away, but I'm just saying. With it getting closer to "go time" I try to not check trail cams as often and I try to stay out of the woods as much as possible (unless I'm scouting).
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:17 AM
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Urban deer react a whole lot different than high mountain or remote deer. Where deer and people mix on a daily basis human scent has little long lasting effect. Big woods or remote deer seem to be on high alert and head for miles away when encountered. This has been my experience. Local deer can be seen re-entering the same area previously spooked with-in an hour or so. I think older big bucks are far more effected by human encounters than does and certainly fawns and can turn them nocturnal right now. I think it makes sense to limit your interaction to the area when a big buck is the quarry, otherwise I don't think it makes much of a difference to 90% of the hunters or deer in an area when routine encounters occur.
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