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Old 11-26-2008, 05:15 AM
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Here's the question. What distance does it take for your scent to dissipate to the point a deer can't smell you?

As most of you know I am not a believer in cover scents, attractants and the like. I do go rather extreme in managing my scent. I use the hunter body wash before going in the woods, I wash all my hunting gear in unscented soaps after every hunt and store in plastic containers to keep out smells, I wear rubber knee high boots and so on. It's a rare occasion I get busted by a deer.

The reason for the question is on my last hunt I was sitting on the ground on a small hill watching this tree line on the other side of the clear cut. The wind was not in my favor at all. It was blowing 5-10 mph from behind me to the tree line about 200 yards away.

I had what looked like a 2.5 year old 8 point come down the tree line and over the course of about 30 minutes work his way through the area I was sure he would scent me. He never did. I got the impression he was trying to pick up the scent of a hot doe the way he would stop and smell the air.

It got me thinking about what was actually happening to my scent. Obviously it would be the strongest at the source and as it moves away it fans out wider and wider until it gets to a point that the deer can not smell it. So that is the question, how far is that? What impact could the weather conditions have as far as temp, humidity and wind speed?
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:58 AM
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they can smell where you walked for days. i think they can also tell how far away something is by the scent in the air. its a very small amount they can detect. i heard the number but can't remember it but 3 parts per million rings a bell. that may not be correct though. good qustion
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:35 AM
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if you got on rubber boots,,,and you step into a mud puddle,,what would be left for the deer to smell??? i have had trouble with the deer not liking some of the deer scent i put out this year....last few hunts i havent used any and the deer are more relaxed.
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:46 AM
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i read an article that said penned deer could smell a hot doe in the wild walking the tree line at 485yards awayi think thermals and humidity definitely play into this the more humid the better the scent lingers.thermals may blow scent up and away from the primary wind of my favorite tools in the bag is a corn starch filled wind checker ,i squeeze that all day ,you'd be amazed at what the thermals are doing as the day goes on
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:55 AM
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The furthest distance I have experienced is about 300 yards. Like Joel said I think a lot plays into it. Don't believe all this stuff about clothes and rubber boots. All of it works but only to a point not nearly as well as the claims. All you can do is take as many steps as you can to minimize your scent and impact on your hunting area. Your breath is the biggest cause of odor so what can we do stop breathing? When deer get close or down wind I make sure I breath through my nose and believe it or not it does help. OH YEA, Joel was right about the 485 yards that is the furthest I have heard as well. Out west I have heard about elk catching scent over 1000 yards away. Do the best we can and hope the deer gods smile on us that day.
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:09 AM
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if they can tell how far away something is that they smell their reaction is different. like slip away in another direction or bolting. ya know what i mean? ever hear of a wind push. its using the wind to gently push deer. its not as crude/rough as a deer drive.

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Old 11-26-2008, 10:16 AM
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Bowhunters need to go to the extreem to be as scent free as possible. As I have said in the past I use scent free clothes wash then plastic bag them, use spray scent killer, use a steam sauna everynight and most times carry my heavy jacket to my stand not to over heat. I am one who uses estrus scent wicks during the rut, it works. I cannot tell you the last time I have been busted?? My ladder stands are only 16' high. I wash every night in the steam sauna with a quality scent free soap. All outer clothes are kept outside. Is this extreem? It works very well. I don't use rubber boots or gloves. This past PA hunt I had 11 bucks at 1-20 yds and none knew I was there. I slack up a bit when rifle hunting. I think their noses are very good and if you have small hills around you can be a wind drift problem. They have breath cover stuff out now, chloroform(spelling) in it.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by wmi View Post
Don't believe all this stuff about clothes and rubber boots. All of it works but only to a point not nearly as well as the claims.

Off topic but:
I am not sure what you mean by that. I don't think there is any doubt about the benifit of wearing rubber boots verses other types of boots. I have seen numerous deer walk down the trail I have just come in on and not alert. I have also seen deer alert on a trail hours after I got on stand from wearing leather boots that have only been worn in the woods. What is there not to believe?
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