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Am new at hunting whitetails and what I read about their nose is amazing. I strategized on how my son and i would enter the woods completely scent free..basically waiting til this weekend. Then I read a column on the Internet by someone who seems to know what he is talking about and he said it was really important to wear rubber boots. Well, after about $500 of stuff including a new pair of hunting shoes for my son, I am hesitant to spend more? What do you think?

How about wrapping the shoes in duct tape?
 

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play the wind

My mentor is a big man who smoked even during the hunt and we saw deer during the warm weather where no one else did. His word of advise to me was not to try to be odorless (it is impossible to fool deer's nose), but to pay attention to the wind.

He suggested that it would be the best to setup a blind crosswind to deer trail (so deer will come with a wind coming to his face and your scent should never cross his path).

So, if you got a north wind, and deer trail comes East to West (or West to East), you should sit to a south of deer's path. Also, if you have to take a leak, you should go downwind too.

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There is probably some truth to using rubber boots vs leather ones. However, I have wore leather boots or a combo materal for as long as I've been hunting. Prior to neutraling products I had deer cut my trail and react. For the past many many years I've had bucks walk under, next to, and around my ladder stand without any adverse reaction. My best advice: use what you have, get to your stand early, spray all your clothing and shoes with a quality product prior to entering the woods and then spray down again when sitting. I have not had a deer scent me for a long time archery hunting. I also use a hunter's body/hair soap to use in the shower which helps to stop bacteria from forming. It doesn't take a whole lot of extra effort to tilt the odds in your favor. Good luck to you and your son!
 

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I have not tried it yet but, I have a friend who pees in scrapes he is hunting and right out of the tree he is in while hunting them and regularly shoots his limit of deer.
go figure.

I myself spray down well with a good scent elimination spray as well as shower with SE hair and body soap. and I hunt at least 20' off the ground.

I haven't been busted ever, since doing this.
 

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Going in clean if you can is important, as everyone knows. I use raccoon urine on my boots as a cover scent. Coons climb trees but does dont. I sometimes use a drag rag with doe pee on it but leave it on the ground when I climb up. I also tie it to a string and hold it out so its beside my trail and not over it. Like a coon and deer who are buddys. A white thread tied to the barrel at 12 to 14 inches is a tip I learned and has paid off greatly for wind checkin:smile:
 
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