Tomorrow morning when you open your medicine cabinet, take a closer look at the toiletries on your shelf. Chances are the deodorant, soaps, lotions and make-up you’re commonly using contain scents that could adversely affect your hunting and certainly send up a flurry of white flags, leaving you shaking your head in frustration as you sadly observe deer disappearing into cover.
You may already take extra precautions to remain scent-free by keeping your camo in a plastic tub, using and storing your ScentLok or ScentBlocker in plastic zipper bags, and you may use various scent elimination or neutralizing systems like ScentKiller spray by Wildlife Research Center or H.S. Scents "Scent-A-Way Spray" by Hunter’s Specialties on your clothing. Yet if you fail to thoroughly check the personal grooming products used on a daily basis, you may end up with an unfilled tag at the end of the season.
Here are some extra words of advice on remaining scent-free, especially for women who’re prone to use a lot of "good smelling stuff" in our daily rituals:
1. Use scent-free shampoos, conditioners and hair gels at least one day previous to hunting, and throughout your hunt. I use Hunter’s Specialties "Scent-A-Way" Shampoo and Body Soap, advertised to eliminate human odor and ScentKiller’s Anti-Odor Bar Soap.
2. DON’T use hairspray the day before leaving on a hunt or for the duration of your hunt. Smelly!
3. DON’T use perfumes either…..no further explanation necessary.
4. Use unscented laundry detergent on regular laundry to be worn during hunting, like long underwear, socks, and undergarments, as well as on your camouflage clothing. Use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda or Unscented Laundry Soap marketed specifically for hunters, and don’t use scented dryer sheets. Hang clothing outside to dry whenever possible.
5. Go without make-up, or at least minimize the make-up you use when hunting. Cosmetics often contain perfumes that may escape detection by our noses, but would definitely tip-off a deer to our presence. I stick with eyeliner and mascara only. My preferred shade of rouge tends to be black, brown, and green.
**Use caution when purchasing camouflage face paint as various cheaper brands may have a distinct odor! I recommend "Hunter’s Specialties Camo Creme Make-Up". There’s no smell and it washes off easily with soap and water.
10. When using scent-elimination spray or cover scent, don’t forget to spray it into your hair also. Longer hair can act like a magnet for trapping and carrying odors into the woods.