Deer Hunting Bows

You have your bow hunting equipment and are ready for the new deer hunting season to begin. But what can you do to help ensure a better chance of success this year? The number one secret to success is to eliminate the ability for the deer to pick-up your human scent.  Most hunters think that they have followed this basic step, but the majority forget how and where the human scent can be picked-up by the deer.

A deer’s number one method of self defense is its sense of smell. Most people don’t realize that smells can linger and you need to think about everything that you do both before and during your deer hunting trip to minimize being detected.  Here are a few tips to be more successful in eliminating the human scent from you, your equipment and the surroundings.

1. Use a hunting soap for your laundry detergent. Clothing can give off a glow and make you more visible to the deer. Therefore, the detergent you choose should be a non-UV hunting detergent that will eliminate both the scent and the glow that clothing can give off.

2. Before you go hunting, be sure to shower in a good hunting soap. This will help neutralize your scent.

3. Make sure that all of the soaps and detergents that you use are scent free. After all, it won’t do you any good to wash your clothes and take a shower if you are doing it with a scented soap. A scented soap would give you away just the same as your human scent would.

4.  Eliminate eating spicy foods. Some people avoid eating garlic, peppers and other spicy foods for the entire hunting season. While this may be excessive, you definitely want to eliminate these items in the days leading up to your bow hunting trip. Food odors can be released through your pores. This is particularly true with garlic and the deer will pick-up the scent from a mile away. You will want to pay close attention to any food that you bring with you on your hunt as well. Try to eat foods that are natural to the deer’s diet and environment. Good options would include apples, peanut butter, nuts, etc. You definitely don’t want to bring a roast beef or bologna sandwich with you. The deer will smell the beef and will steer clear.

5.  Remember that everything that you touch will carry your scent.  So that means that it if you have to clear any limbs or brush from where you plan to hunt, you will want to drag this brush downwind from you.  This way if the deer picks-up on the scent it will not be in the area where you are hunting.

The tips above should get you off to a good start on your next hunting trip. In addition to eliminating the chance of a deer detecting you via its sense of smell, you will also want to use good camouflage gear, including a camo jacket, camouflage pants and gloves to help stay hidden from the deer and get you within range of your target.