I do it all. I know that for my own nose I can smell a big difference. But for a human apparently my nose is pretty sensitive. Like... if you just *walked* past a smoker within the last like X number of days, I'll smell it on you and ask if you're a smoker.
After washing them with non scented detergent (I don't buy special hunter-specific ones for the detergent, I found the hunter specific ones weren't fully removing my odors from the fabrics of the hunting clothes, go figure) and drying them with those special scent removing dryer sheets (the dryer sheets are important too because everything in your house goes thru your dryer too, Also if you can pass a non-scented load thru the dryer ahead of your hunting gear so that other load can remove any leftover chemical scents from the other types of detergent your wife might use, thats a big help).
I have a dedicated plastic storage bin with a snap-loc type closure to keep it air tight. Only cleaned items go in that storage bin, AND I sprinkle some of the boot storage powder in there.
Personally I can smell the difference between spraying down the clothes with febreeze free-nature vs hunter specific products. The febreeze, does pretty good, but doesn't quite kill it all, whereas the other do.
I was watching a special that talked about Native American hunters, and how they would NOT eat Fish for 1 week before a hunt. So that really got me to thinking about all the smells that would come with us as modern man via the food products some of us eat. So because of that... when I'm going to go hunting, I'm mindful of what I eat the day before, and I won't bring any food stuffs that are spicy or that I think will definitely give me a strong breath smell or perhaps agitate my stomach which is easily upset into acid reflux. If I can swing it... I try to bring only fruit/nut/grain type eating materials as much as possible. I figure if anything... if a deer or bear catches the wetted-up smell of those on your breath, if anything it'd make 'em curious thru hunger perhaps?
Also I always wear a 3/4 camo face netting mask on hunts. Stops sun-burn pretty good, keeps your breath a little more contained and most importantly keeps the darn bugs outta your face.
Hair and fabrics/thread/fibers holds on to scents VERY much. I don't have an admirable hairline anymore so I keep my head shaved. Take care to wash/rinse your goatee if you just ate something that might have spilled or dripped into it.
I use dead down winds bar soap and their under-arm deodorant. I really like that deodorant! It works better than anything else I've ever tried, and it doesn't give off a scent (most of them smell way too perfumey for me with my nose), just takes away the scent that's there. And like... I work from home and sit in my office room and never use air conditioning unless it gets above 85 F ... so by the end of the day... yeah...not very "fresh". But I have to go pick up my kid from the AfterSchool Daycare (i.e. be surrounded by all kinds of pretty young MILF's), and don't always have time for a quick shower first. The dead down wind deodorant (which is just Aluminum Chlorohydrate 14.4%) really does amazing at takin' away smell from my pits.
I mean... obviously using the winds direction to your advantage is very important. You'd be surprised how darn far away you can smell a thing. When I'm on my moto sometimes on Fwy's jammin' along 80+ I'll catch wind of drivers many yards ahead where someone in the car is smoking weed. Happens A LOT more than you'd think.
Also... when driving to your hunting destination... I like to make sure to open my windows once I get into the mountains so all the smells from that locality can draft into the car and swoosh around. Look up at the ceiling in your cars cabin sometime nearby the windows.. look at the dirt/dust staining that deposits into the fabric in the headliner up there! Most of that is from out city life. Don't want that smell do we?
Avoid your dogs like the plague on the morning you leave for your hunt! On my brothers property sorta by Quail Lake, sometimes we go up there and shoot... for a Target holder... I brought this temporary fence thing I built which I use sometimes to keep my dog on the side of the house when we've done outside summer parties (some people are put off by affectionate 23 Lbs dogs, go figure). Long story shorter, one morning during deer season I'm there and I trail this Doe who descended thru the property down into the Gulch below, the target-holder was around this bush where I had stashed it last time I was there. This deer was very calm. When she walked around that bush... moments later she bolted outta there like the devil himself was chasing her! She ran right back up towards me and we had a frozen standoff.
Later-on I got to thinking about Why? Why was she soo spooked? Didn't make any sense. Then it dawned on me! What smells like a dog in their world? A COYOTE! Then it all made sense!
So yeah... you really gotta clean then spray your car seats too. I know mine always have a bunch of dog hair in them.
I also don't drink any coffee in the field. If I want caffeine, I'll drink some pre-workout mix in water. Again.... smell/breath and also acid-reflux from my stomach sometimes with the coffee.
Another really interesting thing to note from that morning encounter with the Doe... the weekend before we also shot-up some left-over beers from our pool party (I'm not really a beer guy so much). You should have seen how interested she was in the dirt all around that area where my brother's Target Gong is (where we blasted those beers) she spent a significant amount of time putting nose to the ground in that spot. Very interesting indeed.
If you're out there solo, and want to blow on a mouth call... just be damn careful... because the possibility exists that they can come in from any direction... namely one you're not looking in!
Last edited by TheGDog; 06-02-2016 at 02:01 PM.
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