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Tip #106

“The use of ground blinds for deer hunting is really exploding in popularity.  I find myself using them more and more and really enjoy being on the ground and at eye level.  They also give you opportunities to hunt areas where tree stands are not an option.  One of the biggest challenges with being on the ground however, is scent control.

On a bow hunt in Kansas last fall, I was hunting a ground blind on the edge of an open field.  The wind switched and was blowing our scent directly into our planned shooting zone.  The cameraman and I made a point to spray the inside of the blind with H.S. Scent A Way spray every 15 minutes or so.  As luck would have it, a few fawns began to appear down wind from us.  Then a turkey appeared.  Eventually a nice buck stepped out at about 35 yards away and had no clue that we were there.  After letting the arrow go with my Z7, the rest is history.

By going through the steps necessary to be scent-free, I was able to out smart a nice deer this time.  I started with a scent-free shower, an anti-microbial base layer and clothing washed in scent-eliminating detergent.  I also sprayed from head to toe with scent eliminating spray before heading into the field.  What I have realized is that as you sit inside the blind you will emit odor from places like your mouth, hair, hands, etc… .  Following up your normal scent-elimination routine with a few little extra precautions can be the difference between failure and filling your tag.  Next time you head out to your ground blind, give it a try and it might be just what you need to outsmart one for yourself.”


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