The wind is a whitetail’s first and best line of defense. No other sense tops it. Sight and hearing are both secondary assets to a deer’s survival. Because of that, we have to be careful with our scent. Very careful. Here are several ways to do that.
1. Take a Bath
I always take a shower with scent-reducing soap before each hunt. This helps to lessen the chance of detection while in the field.
2. Baking Soda Tooth Paste
This might seem old school, but it works. Brushing your teeth with baking soda will prevent a lot of odor from being emitted out into the area you hunt. And when most human odor comes from our mouth anyway, it only makes sense to lessen it where it counts most.
3. Wash Those Clothes
Wash your hunting clothes at least once per week. This will rid them of any sweat and scent that’s soaked into them while in the woods.
4. Wear Rubber Boots
Wearing rubber boots will cut down on scent, too. That’s why I prefer them over leather and other boot options.
5. Properly Storing Clothing
Keep hunting clothes stored in an air-tight container when not in use. Also, leave natural cover scents in with them, such as cedar chips.
6. Scent-Proof Your Gear
People get so caught up in treating their hunting clothes that they forget everything else. It’s also important to reduce scent on your backpack, weapon and anything else you take to the field.
7. Monitor Winds Upon Entry (and Exit)
Keep a wind checker in your hand as you move to and from your stand. It’s imperative to know where it’s blowing at all times. If it blows toward where deer are, pull out and choose another route.
8. Hunt Stands with Favorable Winds
The safest bet is to only hunt stands with favorable winds. If you can do that in a spot that a mature deer is showing itself in daylight, great. But it doesn’t usually play out that way, as you’ll read in the bonus tip below.