We’ve all heard of one or two special tips or techniques to do before a big hunt, on a big hunt, etc... For many of us habits have become almost ritualistic when hunting. The big question is: Do they really work? We’re gonna take a look at a few here today and see if there is any truth behind these tricks or if they’re just a waste of time.
Take A Smoke Bath
I recently heard a hunting story about a guy who went on an overnight hunting trip. When the guy emerged out of his tent that morning all the others hunters were huddled around the fire. One of the other hunters yelled over to him “Hey! Come take your smoke bath unless you want the deer to smell you!”.
Leave Your Clothes Outside
This tip resides around the notion of leaving your hunting clothes outside to “air out” before the big hunt. This one can be a double edged sword. Yes, it can work, but it’s effectiveness depends on how well you implement it.
Urinate Into a Scrape
This tip suggests that if you urinate into an active deer scrape (or possibly make your own mock scrape) that a buck will think its another deer invading his territory and revisit the scrape more often to “freshen it up”.
Deer Rarely Look Up
This tip implies that it's much better to hunt from trees tands and elevated positions because deer tend not to look up very often, if at all.
Deer Are Color Blind
This tip implies that deer can’t see color, that they only see shades of greys. Meaning color of clothes when hunting in not of great importance.
Not every tip we hear is the god's honest truth. Some of them may actually be based on truth at one point, but human interaction with deer is quickly teaching them new behaviors and giving them a learning curve.
The next time you hear of a cool hunting tip, don’t just assume it’s true. Stop to think about what we know about deer and what their reaction would be. If you’re in doubt, test the tip in the off season to see how the deer react.