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Old 01-10-2005, 08:51 AM
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just wondering if anyone can help me on this.. i just took a quick quiz on the remington on-line site, and one question that i got wrong said that even when high in a tree, your scent will not dissipate, and will drop down after 20, 30 yards( that's the gist of the question.) anyone know if it is true? also, how does this hold when you are within either a portable blind, or say a shooting house? we have our sugarhouse that we use as a deer stand, and they come within 10 yards of us, ranging to over sixty yards. you literally feel like you could reach out and pet them. yet i have a camper that i also use as a blind, it hasn't moved in over 3 years, and have trouble attracting them in during daylight hours, even with specially blended and planted seed. the shot at the camper however is 30 yards and less. what are your thoughts.
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Old 01-10-2005, 04:50 PM
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This is a problem that you have to adjust for. I usually plan my hunt according to the prevailing wind. Always try to be downwind of the area you are hunting. The building will help some, and that enclosed sugarhouse may keep a large amount of your scent from leaving. Just try and keep your scent down as much as possible. Deer are so dang nervous, it takes very little to make them go ballistic, and other times they act like they had a bad cold and couldn't smell a thing. My movement is the thing that gets me busted more than anything. I have had them spot me, stand and stare, stomp their foot and if you move a fraction, they're gone! Their noses are great, but those dang eyes, they're something else.

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Old 01-11-2005, 08:36 AM
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Default RE: can deer smell u inside building(stand)/ how far away?

thats been a problem for hunters for as long as there has been hunters.I believe if you up say 20 to 25 ft.and you don't have a swiriling wind the deer will not smell you. if the wind is swirling and gusting , they will get you at one time or another.
as far as the house,if the windows are closed , I don't think they should smell you.although if you have the windows open on all sides to shoot from , it is no different than a blind with no top or sides, just brush to hide you.
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Old 01-11-2005, 11:37 AM
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well, i know the sugar house isn't airtight, but they don't ever seem to bothered by it. the camper however, since i tore off the canvass and stick built it, is pretty airtight. i only keep the shooting window open in the camper just enough to slip an arrow through, 3-4 inches or so total. still haven't figured out how to mask the scent of the coffee i brew while "sitting on stand", lol, in the morning. and i don't think i have ever been winded when i actually sit in a tree, either.
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Old 01-11-2005, 05:35 PM
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Heck, I know what your problem is. You're brewing that coffee and you don't ever affer them a cup. Not very socialable are you. Sharing some of that coffee might get some results. LOL

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Old 01-12-2005, 04:04 PM
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Default RE: can deer smell u inside building(stand)/ how far away?

I would assume that thermals affect the scent from the tree stands. Go in the morning and your scent will hit the ground eventually. Depending on where deer come from etc.... they may or may not scent it. I know that I've been on the ground and scented at a bit over 200 yards so their noses are good. Then as it warms the thermals move up. And as the morning goes along I've been scented very few times. I think it takes it up and away a long ways. Maybe to never touch down.

On the other hand in the afternoon as the day cools the thermals fall and drag your scent with them. I've been scented more than once in the evening if they come the wrong way for some reason.

I try to always hunt considering the wind and IMHO if you don't, it can be a major waste of time. And educate the deer. Just because a few young bucks or does will tolerate a bit of scent, you may never see the old deer. And if he OR she scents you, well they may just avoid the area during daylight hours the rest of the season.

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