How do scents affect hunting?
Hunting scents fall into two major categories: 1) Using scents to attract the game and 2) using scents to disguise your human scent.
In my opinion, any scent to lure a deer to you is only as effective as your ability to disguise your presences!
Remember this: 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.
In fact, a deer can smell your pizza and beer breath over several hundreds of yards away. Put out all of the sex lures that you want, but if you do not have a really good scent cover it will be as my granddaughter says, "a GWOT!" (a Gross Waste Of Time)
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!