Deer possess an unparalleled sense of smell that one can hardly imagine. Therefore, it is important for the hunter to minimize their odor. Here, we would be sharing some tips so that you and your hunting wears can go scent-free this trip;
Getting Yourself Scent-Free
Keeping yourself clean won’t help you to hit the big buck down. You need to start preparing yourself around six weeks ahead, which starts with taking a shower with hot water daily. But, remember that you cannot use any fragmented shampoo or soap. Use plain hot water. It is enough to cleanse your skin and scalp. However, if you’re working in a dirty environment and cannot go without a soap try this solution. Take 2 or 3 cups of water and mix ½ cup of baking soda in it. Store it in a squeeze bottle – use it whenever you need to remove the dirt and stinky odor from your skin and hair.
Both your skin and hair pick up the scent from the environment around. If you are smoking, then it is time to quit this bad habit. Otherwise, you would smell tobacco. Well, if you are failing to do so, at least use the baking soda-water mix to eliminate the smell.
If you need to apply some conditioner to keep your long hair manageable, you use apple cider or white vinegar thinned with water.
You can also use the scent-reducing soaps and shampoos that are available in the market. Some are successful in establishing their claims. But, for best results you need to use them over a long period of time.
Another important question is; how would you control your scent while hunting. The solution is to stay calm. If you are excited or scared, your glands get active and secrete pheromones and you sweat. Basically, you need to avoid perspiration. Dress up like an onion, move quietly and slowly to your secret hideaway where you don’t sweat.
Getting Your Clothes Scent-Free
You can use any of the scent-free products to make your clothes scent-free, but if you are using the same washer or dryer that you generally use the common detergents, brighteners and softeners, then your hunting clothes won’t be odorless.
Better hand wash your clothes and air dry them. It would be a laborious task to hand wash the soiled clothes. Here, are few steps to get it done. Check them out;
- Wash your clothes in cold water. Soak them overnight if they are really dirty. Cold water is suggested removing blood and other protein stains. Hot water is a strict – NO NO. If your clothes are wet and having light mildew smell – add ½ cup of vinegar to the soak. Once you rinse, even the vinegar smell will vanish.
- After soaking your clothes overnight, thrust in and out your clothes for a few minutes. It removes the soil slacken in the soak.
- Now chuck the soaking water. It’s dirty. Now refill container with cold water again and add ½ cup of baking soda to it. Now take one least soiled cloth at a time and stir up for a minute or two. You can put the container on a table while doing so – you don’t have to lean forward it. It is the hardworking part.
- Once all the clothes are washed, throw away the dirty water. And, plunge the garments in plain water to remove the baking soda if any. If the water turns soapy, dirty or dull after it, then you need to repeat this step again until you find the water is quite lucid after rinsing.
- Squeeze out the water with your hands. Getting the extra water out of the clothes will let them air dry within a reasonable time. You can also use a chamois towel for this. Stretch a garment on it and twist. Chamois is known for its absorbing power. It will absorb much of the remaining water from your garments.
- Now you can dry them. But, don’t put it into the dryer. Put it on a clothesline outdoors or on a rack indoors.
- Once they are completely dry, pack them and store them in a sealed plastic bag along with dry leaves and woods from your general hunting ground. It would absorb in the smell of the natural habitat of your prey.
Be safe and have a great time hunting.