These days scent control is pretty much a given for any relatively savvy hunter, but one man’s “scent control” could be another man’s scent disaster. With varying levels of thoroughness to people’s control methods come varying levels of success and as many of us know, you’re scent control system is only as strong as the weakest link. You really need to cross your t’s and dot your i’s when it comes to managing your scent. You just can’t cut corners. That being said, there are a lot of small mistakes that people make that can really destroy all the work they’ve done with scent control precautions. So as an example of some of these mistakes, here are four often forgotten items that, if not taken care of, can really stink up your hunting area and ruin your “system”!
1. Backpack: I’ve been guilty of this more times than I’m proud of and we’ve probably all done it. Bringing your backpack into the truck or house is going to stink it up and not enough of us take the time to throw our bags in a tote, keep them scent free and then spray them down consistently.
2. Safety Harness: Hopefully most of us use a harness when in a treestand and I think a lot of people, I included, forget to treat these as another piece of clothing. A cloth harness is no different than another layer of clothing, so keep it scent free!
3. Hat: If you wear your camo ballcap around the house or in the restaurant before hunting, you’ve got to remember to either switch into a scent free hat or really spray it down before hitting the woods.
4. Seat Cushion: If you use a portable hang on or climbing treestand, make sure to spray down the cloth cushion on your treestand. These will soak up scent and most of us just throw a stand in the garage, truck bed or storage room, where it will stink up and eventually blow your cover for you in the woods. Also, if you use a cushion to hunt on the ground or a folding chair to sit in a pop up blind, make sure to spray that down too!
So always remember that your scent control is only as strong as the weakest link. Make sure to pay attention to the details when trying to control your scent and it will pay dividends in the long run. There’s nothing worse than seeing the white flag of a a fleeing whitetail, but nothing better than holding a glimmering white antler. Make sure you’re seeing the latter this fall, so pay attention to your scent.
I’m sure there are some other easily forgotten items that I’ve missed, so if you’ve got a good one, share it with the Wired To Hunt Nation in the comments!