B&C 180 Class
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: North-Central Missouri
the younger the deer the more daring and less cautious they are. As they grow older, they know when something doesn't smell right. When the wind starts to swirl like the original post said, deer are getting sensory overload! They begin to smell things from all over, and if this happens, they tend to look nervous but rarely bolt from where they are at because they don't know where the "predator" is.
I make sure to wash in very warm water and scent soap before I go out hunting- EVERYTIME. Even if i hunt morning and then evening, i'll shower before each hunt. Plus, I wash my hunting clothes each time I hunt. Now, I realize this might be over kill, but I don't want any scent on me. During rifle season, I'll usually just wash my clothes before each hunting day, not before each hunt. During bow season though, sweat starts to STINK if you don't wash it.
Odds are the deer know something is not right... but the younger they are, the more curious they are. They are like little kids in many ways.