Masking Human Odors
Deer Hunting Tips: There are many name brand items on the market today to aid the hunter in masking human odors. They all can be equally effective when used properly. The hunter should however make sure to strictly follow odor masking techniques in order to remove as much human odor as possible. There are basic rules involved to assist in this approach.
To start, the hunter’s clothing to be used in the field should be washed thoroughly in scent removing washing detergent. Make sure the detergents are specialized for hunters. After washing, the clothes should be placed outdoors to dry away from anything that may leave a scent. Although there are products now a days that are placed inside dryers for scent removal, outdoors still is considered the best approach.
Once the clothes are dry, they should be placed in an odorless plastic bag or container until needed for use. There are also scented hunter products that can be placed in the bags or containers for added odor masking. Make sure the scent if used is common to the area to be hunted. Also make sure to include all items to be worn such as gloves, face mask, hat, shirts, pants, and under garments.
The hunter’s boots, which rubber is recommended, should also be placed into a plastic bag after being sprayed with a cover scent. The hunter may also add prepackaged hunter scent products to the bag. Pay close attention to the boots as they will be in direct contact with the ground. Although rubber boots are the best choice, they still need to be de-scented.
The equipment to be used in the field should also be sprayed with cover scent. This includes weapons, backpacks, binoculars, portable stands, decoys, and the likes. The hunter needs to spray the area inside the vehicle to be used as well. Scents odors can accumulate on the vehicle seats. It wouldn’t do any good to de-scent clothing without de-scenting the vehicle.
Take A Bath
Prior to hunting, the hunter should bathe thoroughly in de-scenting soap. This begins the main layer of protection since the human body is what excretes the most odor. This includes the hair. To dry off, use towels that have been washed in odor remover detergents.
Carry additional spray bottles with cover scent to the hunting location. Once there, respray again from head to toe, especially under arms and boots. Also respray all equipment before entering the hunting area. Spray again once the stand location is reached. The stand area should also be sprayed.
These deer hunting tips should provide the hunter with adequate odor masking to aid in a successful hunt. They may seem extreme to many hunters but they will be effective if done properly.