mipubbucks24 wrote:Great thread, I ditched the scent control spray last year, saw more deer then any other season, had many down wind, while hunting on the ground, and they did not spook don't know why. Thermals play a big part in people thinking they are not being winded, also young deer not reacting fools a lot of people thinking their scent control works.
Question though, how far away can a deer smell you? I have heard 150 yards, but I watched some episode with Jim Shockey the other day where a bear caught their wind from 1200 yards away. I know bears have the very best noses, but it makes me think deer could smell a human from 4-600 yards, at the least.
I was observing in the field tonight from a field edge tree. I have thought about setting up there in the past for an actual hunt. Its in the midst of some action but I don't want any shooters bedding in that thicket so I sat it to stack it. Didn't care if I got busted. Plus I could see the fields I wanted to see.
I had a pretty crazy night... 3 different deer in bow range. First was a yearling 3 pointer that came out of the thick. I left some scent on the back side checking trails for big tracks and he hit my scent. He didn't like it and left after a 5-10 seconds of sniffing. Mind you, I was wearing the clothes I wore around the house all day and I sprayed down with mosquito spray before I left my vehicle.
Later on I had a doe come out of the corn in a drown out spot. I was walking one row in when I accessed. Thought for sure she'd bust when she hit my ground scent but she never batted an eye. Then later she went down wind and still didn't react I did not have milkweed with and was right next to a creek so its not impossible the thermals lifted my scent. After that she looped around me and walked the same spot where the 3 point busted me. Still didn't care.
At last light a yearling 7 point hit the corn 100 yards from me and I knew he'd smell my access trail. Never heard a snort but what happened 20 minutes later? Here he comes down the first row following my scent trail. He eventually took the same trail the doe did and ended up down wind. However he lifted his nose and obviously caught a whiff, but didn't bust until I started packing up. Why did the first deer get the heck out of dodge, but the 2nd and 3rd didn't? I haven't the slightest.