The Art of Disappearing.

The who, what, where, and why of odor control. We will be diving deeper into each segment in future posts but here is a basic overview of the major reasons for controlling odor.

Who:

Who is you and anyone that your partner up with for hunting. Believe me if you’re serious about hunting and being scent free, your partner should be serious about it too. Nothing is more disappointing than getting out hunting and having your partner scare the game away. So choose your hunting partner wisely. Make sure they’re as serious as you are.

What:

One of the most important parts of hunting and disappearing is knowing what scent to use. You need to know what types of brush and trees are in your hunting area. If you’re in the pine trees use pine. If you’re in the sage use sage and so on. You need to know your surroundings and the better you know them the easier it is to disappear.

Where:

This is very important on quite a few levels. You don’t want to get fully sent free at home. It won’t do you any good if you’re riding around in a vehicle full of different scents. You do however need to make sure your clothing is scent free prior to heading out. After your clothes are scent free you need to put all your hunting clothes in a scent free bag with your favorite scent. Close it and keep it there until you’re at the border of your hunting area. You don’t want to put your clothes on and apply cover scents until you are outside the vehicle just before you go hunting. You should always start by taking care of your skin, then de-scenting your clothing again.

Why:

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 and animal every three to five years, then by all means do what the majority of hunters do and don’t use scent products. Some people are successful not using scent products. BUT, they are not nearly as successful as they would be if they were to use scent products.

If you want to increase your odds of harvesting an animal get serious about taking care of odor, from your body to your clothes.

Your increased success is only a decision away.

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Three tips to successful antler hunting.

Three tips to successful antler hunting.

Finding a nice set of sheds is almost as fun as harvesting the animal. Antler hunting is becoming more and more popular. With more people doing it, we need all the help we can get. Not everyone has the time to spend 40 hours a week training a dog to hunt sheds for you. We don’t. Here are a few tips that have been fairly successful for us.

Know where to look:

You need to know where the animals spend the winter. This may seem like an obvious observation to some but not to all. The only way to actually know this for your area is to get out in the woods and figure it out. Here are some places for you to start.

The moose tend to like watery bogs and willow bottoms of creeks and draws.

Deer seem to stay near their food plots and thickets.

Most elk winter on the south-facing slopes and like high alpine meadows and openings.

Know when to look:

Most people make the mistake of starting to look for antlers too soon. While it is better to wait until you are sure the antlers will be on the ground, it is also not good to wait too long. The trick to being successful is getting out when there is still snow on the ground.

The elk don’t actually lose their antlers in their wintering grounds. They usually lose them on their way from their wintering ground to their summer grounds. This is usually in late March and into April.

For moose you want to look in willow draws where there’s quite a bit of water. You want to find their trails and follow them, usually in January and sometimes as late as February. Find places where they rub. I have found many antlers (both sides) right by the tree where they rub.

The deer usually start losing their antlers in late December through the end of January.

Find the trails at this time and follow the trails:

I like to find fence lines, follow the fence lines, and wherever they jump the fence. A lot of times they lose their antlers there. You can also find them in an area where they jump a creek or a log.

Also, look through thickets where the antlers are knocked off by branches or brush. Other places to look are south-facing slopes, around rim rocks, and bedding areas.

For elk, find their wintering areas and follow their trails on high ridges and rocky faces where the wind blows and the snow is shallow.

Special considerations:

Please, if you walk into an area where there is a lot of animals, back out and come back in at another time. Let’s not push the animals around.

Now let’s get off the couch and go find some antlers.

 

Hunter’s Best, helping create memories.

3 Reasons you should change your trail camera settings

If you are anything like me you probably don’t know what your missing. I didn’t until a friend and I were talking about scouting and trail camera use. He mentioned to me 3 things that I was missing that I never realized were important.

 

  1. Before and After. If you have your camera set on photo, even burst, you have no idea what you are missing.
  2. Whats in the background? Most of the time my camera is set off I have no idea what it is setting it off.
  3. Details. A photo that you can actually tell the mass and size of an animal seem to be few and far between.

 

How do you fix this problem?

Set your camera to capture video. Make sure you have a big enough memory card to capture the footage while you are gone. Try it out. You will be amazed at what you are missing.