Certain species of game have a highly developed sense of smell. Because bowhunting is done at close range, it’s essential to learn which species are sensitive to human odor.
- Big game animals are very sensitive to scent and quickly leave any area that contains the wind-borne or residual ground scent of humans.
- White-tailed deer, Sitka black-tailed deer, foxes, and coyotes can detect the scent of hidden hunters.
- Squirrels, rabbits, turkeys, and waterfowl are not sensitive to scent and rarely spook when they pick up human odor.
Minimizing Your Scent
- Wear rubber-soled boots that are less likely to absorb odors.
- Store hunting clothes in plastic bags with boughs of cedar, pine, or other natural materials from your hunting area.