STANKONIA. Nah, we’re not talking the Outkast album that mainstreamed dirty south rap, but we are talking about how to eliminate your scent and keep from offending the deer in your hunting area in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Piled Up. Ahead of this week’s deer opener, a camo coat and blaze orange vest are ready to hit the laundry with some scent-free soap. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 11/5 – Dusting into morning. Hi 41, Lo 31. Wind StoNW@15, G23.
Tomorrow: Tue 11/6 – Light Snow & Wind. Hi 29, Lo 24, Wind NW@22, G33.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
4:54AM 4:53PM 10:59AM 11:24PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (5% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 10:30-11:30AM. Moon overhead ahead of a shifty front will give you a bump in the Edge Hour.
WASH & DRY. Cleaning hunting clothes with scent free detergent designed for hunting may not eliminate all scents in the field, but it does help keep you from smelling like your spouse’s lavender-spring-scented Tide pods. Use a scent-free dryer sheet to finish the load and store clothes in an air-tight container until they’re ready to be used.
SCRUB DOWN. Use a scent-free body wash in the shower as well, and while doing the laundry make sure to throw a couple of towels in with your hunting gear. Dry off with these before the hunt and use unscented deodorant or anti-perspirant to help seal off your stinky zones.
IT’S THE WIND, STINKY. While all of these other measures are a good way to get prepared for a hunt, just remember that the most important way to prevent being busted when sitting for deer is playing the wind and letting the breeze blow your scent away from a travel corridor or likely hang out. Long before we had all the chemicals and scent-guard suits, hunters simply took a position with a favorable wind that carried their scent away and still managed to tag a deer. Do the same and you’ll find success!