the 5 best ways to hide your scent when hunting

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Every year I’m amazed at how well animals can blow your cover by simply picking up on your scent. You can be dead still and in complete cover, and inevitably the Deer start huffing and puffing and spook. Over the years I’ve learned a few ways to minimize your scent and maximize your chances for success. Here are the 5 best ways to hide your scent when hunting.

  1. Don’t use scented laundry soap

    Don’t use scented laundry soap when you wash your hunting clothes. There are various laundry soap brands out there designed for scent elimination. I’ve had the best luck with Scent Killer brand detergent, which can be found on Amazon. If you don’t have non-scent soap, you can always just run the load without any soap at all.

  2. Store your clothes separately

    Store your clothes in large plastic bin with branches from trees/shrubs from the area in which you’ll hunt. When I hunt in Kansas, I typically hide in Spruce trees that also have a distinctive smell. I bought a large plastic bin that I washed out with the above mentioned non scent soap and let dry on my back porch for a couple of days. Before the hunt, I’ll put some spruce limbs at the bottom of the bin, my clothes on top of them and then another layer of spruce. By the time I take them out for the hunt, they spell just like a spruce tree. When I come back from hunting in the evening, the clothes go straight back in the bin before I go in the house and play with the dogs. Get in the habit of taking them off immediately after hunting and before going back inside where the will pick up the scent of supper, dogs, etc. If money isn’t an issue, check out this duffel bag on Amazon: Scent Crusher Bag

  3. Don’t piss where you hunt

    Don’t piss where you hunt. I’m often amazed at how many of my hunting friends who pee on a tree right where they’re hunting, or even out of the blind. I like to put empty gallon jugs in my blinds with caps. If I need to take a leak, I’ll pee in the jug and cap it off. You can also throw an empty wide mouth Gatorade bottle in your pack and use it.

  4. Get up off the ground

    Get up off the ground. If you can, get in a tree stand or an elevated blind. This helps ensure that your scent will drift and dilute before getting to ground level where the animals will pick you up.

  5. Play the wind

    Lastly, and most important of all, play the wind. You can skip steps 1-4 if you’re able to hunt downwind of your game. Check the prevailing winds in your hunting area and plan accordingly. Wind can be difficult to predict and often times it changes mid-hunt. You must adapt and always strive to be downwind. Keep in mind; if the wind starts swirling or dies completely, your going to hope you followed ALL 5 Ways to hide your scent when hunting!

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