In the first post of “The Art of Disappearing” we talked briefly about this. In this closer look we want to dive in to each one a little more and talk a little about the science.
This isn’t magic. The Native Americans have been perfecting this art for hundreds of years. In the beginning all they had were spears, bows and arrows. So getting close to the animals was very critical. One of the innovative thinkers decided to cover himself with mud as a source of camouflage. It worked very well and this continued for some time. Somewhere along these mud covered years, someone probably got tired of washing the mud off all of the time and tried covering their body with sap from a tree as a way to help mask their human odor. Creative as this is, it was indeed a sticky mess that was even harder to clean off. However, it was in fact very effective. This innovative thinking slowly evolved into breaking branches off trees and rubbing them all over their body. This worked just as well and wasn’t nearly as messy, and as many of you know, it’s a practice that is still in use today. I like to think of us here at Hunter’s Best as innovative thinkers. Like the original innovators, we know that scent control has to start with the core of the problem, the skin. If you can’t first control the human odor that your body puts off, then it’s not going to be very effective. That is why we have developed a product that is meant to be used on the skin to control odor where it starts. Most cover scents are used on your clothing and they work well, but if you control the core of the problem you will be much more effective. Please understand, controlling the core is the first step. Our product is meant to be used in conjunction with scent free clothing and gear to obtain complete scent control. The goal is to get close to the animals without being detected and lets face it, wild animals make a living out of staying alive, so going undetected is extremely difficult. Our mission here at Hunter’s Best is to help others achieve their dreams. We’re helping to make memories.
In this segment we’re going to discuss the who, what, where and why.
The who is you and anyone you are hunting with. Believe me, if you’re serious about being scent free, then you need to make sure that whoever you hint with is on the same page as you. Nothing is more aggravating than getting where you know the animal are and someone spooks them away before you even get a chance. Find a hunting partner that is as serious as you are.
One of the most important parts of disappearing is knowing what scent to use. You need to know what type of trees and vegetation you will be hunting around. If you’re in the pines, use pine. If you’re in sage, then use sage, and so on. Know your surroundings. The better you understand your surroundings, the easier it is to disappear.
This one is very important. You don’t want to get scent free at home, it won’t do any good if you’re riding around in a truck full of human odors. Put your clothes in a scent free bag with whatever scent you choose and keep them there until you are on the border of your hunting area. And no, a trash bag will not do. Let me ask you something. When you take the trash out of the house and it sits for a few days before trash day, it begins to smell fairly bad, right? So if you can smell odors coming out of the trash bag then odors can get into the bag defeating the whole purpose. So use a quality sealed bag. When arriving at your hunting grounds, start with Hunter’s Best scent concealer on your skin from head to toe, then put your clothes on.
The answer to this should be very obvious. The object to hunting is to harvest an animal. If all you want out of your hunting season is to be normal and harvest an animal once every 3 to 5 years, then by all means, do what most hunters do and don’t scent up. If you want to be above the average, then that’s the why. It’s only a decision but it’s one you have to make on your own.
I’ve been asked, why not put on animal urine instead of tree scents? Well, all I can do is share my experience with you. In the late 80’s I was trying to develop a urine scent to apply to your clothing, so you could become more like the animal you are pursuing. This worked great, possibly too great. In the next 5 years of trying to develop the perfect scent, I got ran over by a bull elk, knocked down by a rutting buck, charged by a black bear and stalked by a mountain lion to within feet. Now some would think these are dream hunts, but I’m telling you, they were near death experiences and more like nightmares. I came to a conclusion early on that I don’t recommend wearing animal urine. These are some of my early findings. When an animal smells another animal, there is a heightening in awareness, so the animal approaches with caution and is expecting to find what he smells. At this point, you can’t move or you’re caught and your hunt is over. The animal will then charge or run away. Either way, you lose. I started experimenting with cover scents on my clothes and it worked OK as long as you didn’t walk or sweat. I did observe the animal’s demeanor was totally different. They came in not looking for another animal and when they got close to within 30 to 40 yards, sometimes would spook. I finally discovered why. I was only taking care of the outer shell and not the core problem, my skin. Ever since we have produced Hunter’s Best scents, I’ve had a turn of events in the field. I’m finding the animals aren’t aware of any danger. They can’t smell another animal or me and when they see movement, they don’t just spook. They lift their head to see what the movement was and that has given me more opportunities to get a clean shot. My success rate went up by over 40% and the close encounters by over 60%. There is still a lot of room for human error. If you’re serious and want to improve your chances, use Hunter’s Best. Helping to make memories.