Can deer smell cigarette smoke?
Deer have up to 297 million olfactory (scent) receptors in their nose. In comparison, dogs have 220 million and humans have just 5 million olfactory receptors. Not only do deer have a huge number of olfactory receptors in their nose, they also have a secondary scent gland called the vomeronasal organ that is located in their mouth. Their sense of smell is 30% stronger than a dog! And a dog can smell a human scent from fingerprints that are a week old!
Deer can even smell your breath, your excitement, and your anticipation from several hundred yards away. Can deer smell cigarette smoke? I would be safe to say, yes!
However, I will be quick to point out that if cigarette smoke is common to a deer's environment, such as an area that is being harvested by loggers over a period of time, the smoke may actually cover your human scent.
It is impossible to eliminate all of the human odors that you bring into the woods, but you can successfully cover your scent.
The myth that back in the 1800’s wild game was so plentiful that one just had to go into the woods and shoot their winter’s supply of meat before becoming trampled by them is just that, a myth. In fact, at that time game was more scarce than it is today due to over hunting for profit. A Wall Street Journal article reports that “The U.S. now has 30 million deer, a hundred times more than a century ago" You do the math!
So, if you had to provide for your family or hunt for the woods camp, success was not a given. If we take into consideration the accuracy and reliability of the weapons that were available at the time, hunters had to give themselves every advantage to be successful. Covering the human scent while not introducing a foreign scent into the game’s environment was critical to a successful kill.
Using only the natural oils and fragrances available to them at the time, hunters developed a formula for covering their scent while becoming seamless with the environment in which they were hunting. We resurrected the original formula for your use today.
Coincidently, this is the same formula that led to the development of our Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope.
Here’s to a successful hunt!