Crossposted from The Art of Stealthy at Grow the Hunt
– By Brandon Wikman
The simple shutter of a trail camera documenting the perplexing life of a deer is truly extraordinary. Gaining any edge of insight against the opposition may amplify your success.
Deciphering the hidden code for whitetails can be as unpractical and mysterious as roaming the lost pyramids of Egypt. A mature deer has an infinite amount of senses that he’ll use to shake off any threat in sight. It truly is a mystical nightmare that most hunters are utterly oblivious to. When you can trigger an image of a mature buck on camera, you have something incredibly special!
I’ve learned a few basic tricks to surprise-attack deer in their home terrain via trail camera. The most important and critical element of being covert is your scent.
As we all know, deer have an unforgiving nose. They are able to sniff a trickled bead of sweat in grass for a long period of time. Many hunters fail to realize putting out trail cameras is just as critical as actually hunting. You don’t need to smell like a McDonald’s Big Mac or be doused in diesel fuel from working on the tractor; you need to smell clean!
Be sure to take the extra time to shower and eliminate any foreign odors you may be carrying. Your hands carry a whole entire heap of human bearing stenches. When handling your trail camera in the woods be certain to wear gloves. This will block any odors that you may transmit to the camera monitor.
Lastly, clean your camera like you clean your camo clothes. Don’t be afraid to scrub the outside with scent eliminator or wash. This will break up the bacteria molecules that the camera models has taken on throughout the time on the store shelf, in your truck and lying in your house.
Scent is the highlight for this week. I know there are a vast number of hunters that don’t take the necessary time to enter the home of a whitetail smelling like fresh air. Many times people will run play the game last-minute-style and run into the woods after work smelling like a skunk!
You know you are doing something right when you can capture an image of a mature deer (multiple) times on your camera. This assures that you never spooked him. Be sure to take the extra time to increase your odds in the field and woods this year! You only have a strict number of days to hunt in a season; be certain to do it right!