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Walleyedan: Hide your odors

Dear deer, do you know what is about to happen? Of course you do. But how is it that you know that the bullets will start flying in another couple weeks? I know, because your mom and dad taught you, right? Or is it that God has given you senses t...

Dear deer, do you know what is about to happen? Of course you do.

But how is it that you know that the bullets will start flying in another couple weeks? I know, because your mom and dad taught you, right? Or is it that God has given you senses that are so uncanny that hunters have to use their tricks to fool you? These tricks are many and some of them work some of the time but none work all of the time.

In my opinion it all starts with your hunting clothing, get it all washed up nicely with some non-scented detergent and hang those articles on the line for days or even a week. The next step should be to put those clothes in an air-tight container (I like the HS green zipper bags). And I mean everything, even your undies and socks! Rubber boots are key, too; they don't transfer scent, especially if you spray them with Scent Killer from Wildlife Research.

Before you head out to that favorite stand that is perfect for that wind direction (you don't want the wind blowing into their bedding area or into the direction in which you think they may be approaching from), make sure you yourself are squeaky clean. I use hunters non-scented body wash and shampoo. I will also use a towel that's not full of detergent and fabric softener scent. Non-scented deodorant is next and maybe a brush of the teeth with some, you guessed it, no scent toothpaste!

Can we go to the woods yet? Sure, just make sure you spray your whole body and hunting supplies down with another good misting of Scent Killer. This, to me, seems to be the most high percentage way to get in tight to the whitetails you are pursuing.

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There are so many things that can put these awesome creatures in the alert mode, your best to do what you can and enjoy your time on stand. And after all this, you'll hear the story of the guy that just stepped out of the restaurant at 9 a.m., headed to stand with his greasy bib overalls on, fired up a smoke and shot a monster buck. There you have it, life!

Walleyedan

WALLEYEDAN Eigen may be reached at 218-839-5598, walleyedan@walleyedan.com or www.walleyedan.com .

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