Scent Control-A Closer Look

Have you ever smelt a skunk? What was your first reaction? Find the direction the smell is coming from and head the other way! This is exactly the reaction that deer and other wild game have when they smell a human. We stink! Maybe not as bad as a skunk might smell to us, but the reaction is the same and animals will run more often than not. Some deer and other game have become desensitized to the smell of humans and venture very close to residential areas as well as farm homes and job sites. Curiosity sometimes leads animals as well. Most of the time wild animals will avoid human scent, so a hunter’s best defense is no human fragrance and good cover through the use of scents.


A hunter’s fragrance control starts with his body and deodorant. Washing body and hair with a fragrance free soap that has antibacterial properties is the first step. ANY fragrance or perfume in the soap will be carried on the body and is not natural. A bacterium on our bodies creates the pungent smell that is commonly referred to as “Body Odor”. Anti- bacterial soap can help keep this smell down. There are plenty of products on the market including shampoo, soap, deodorant, and lotions that are scent free as well as scent controlling designed specifically for the hunter and outdoor enthusiast. Never use cologne or perfume before hunting, as these fragrances reek to the game animals. Clothing must be careful cared for and washed in laundry soap such as borax that will not add scent and do not have UV brighteners. These UV brighteners make even good camouflage glow like a lantern to the eyes of many game animals such as deer. There are detergents designed for the hunter as well as dryer sheets with cover scents that impregnate your clothing with a cover scent. After laundering it is important to place clothes in a scent free bag, so that house smells, such as smoke, pets or food smells do not permeate the clothing. Nothing beats a good pair of rubber boots to avoid smells coming from footwear. Never fill your gas tank before going in the field especially while wearing your field boots or hunting clothing, animals think it stinks too.Visit this site to be aware of your presence of Scent Control.

Once the hunter is free of human scent it is possible to add additional camouflage by adding cover scent. Cover scents are scents that are basically neutral or non-threatening scents to the animal being hunted. White acorn and earth scent are very popular cover scents used for whitetail. White Acorn is a food source and Earth scent smells like very rich earth both are very common and therefore not threatening and make great cover scents. When I was young I remember some hunters used to make their own scents using plants from the area they hunted and alcohol mix, though I do not remember exactly how to do so. Now days it is very simple to find these scents in your local hunting supply store or even on-line.

Attraction scents are smells that game animals find non-threatening and alluring. Examples of these types of scents include many types of food source scents as well as sexual attractants or musk type. Sexual attractants or lures are used to lure an animal of the opposite sex into a position to shoot, and are especially popular during the particular game animals breeding season. The main idea of an attractant is to draw the animal in and lead it into a position that is to the hunter’s best advantage. Food scents are exactly as they sound. Be sure to check local regulations on the legal use of all attracting scents.

The most important thing to remember when using scents is that attractants should not be used as a cover scent. Even if it is for a different species than the one you are hunting. Many game animals such as deer have an exceptional sense of smell hundreds of times more powerful than the nose we use as hunters. These senses are fine tuned to the point that a deer can often pinpoint the location of the origin of a smell to within a few feet, and they can do this from a great distance. Sitting in a tree stand and having a big buck staring directly at you because you put doe in heat on can be a very frustrating situation.

The best-rounded plan for the hunter is to have his body clean and protected from bacteria. Hunting clothing should be clean and protected with a good cover scent. The hunters stand location will be protected with cover scents helping with the downwind cover and well-placed attraction scents located in positions that will lead the game where you can take the shot. Always remember the wind and its effects. The scents that come from your chosen stand site will spread out in an ever-widening angle from your location, these scents are very informative to the game animal and therefore are very important. Place the scents in an area around your stand to be sure to cover any shift of the wind. Careful consideration of the scents used by the hunter can greatly improve upon his success rate.