An interesting topic from the Blind Gunslinger-Carey McWilliams. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
Was watching a wildlife program or two and have to wonder what is with this obsession over scent blocker? We hunters spend hundreds of dollars and days of preparation before the hunting season, packing, spraying, and boiling our clothes. I’ve even seen a hunter or two use deer urine as breath spray. Hope they had a mint or two on board, but it helps to illustrate the lengths some are willing to go as not to smell like a human. In the days of your, hunters entered into the field with rifle in hand, lit pipe trailing smoke over one shoulder, wearing wet wool socks and more odorous hunting gear. And they usually returned with something that would make a modern outdoorsman or woman cry. Maybe success is just wind direction in regards to taking game. I say that because of my spring bear hunt. The bear got a whiff of me in the morning being upwind of the bait, but wasdropped in the evening when the wind switched. No extra scent blocker was introduced, too in the mountain to go back to get some, so it was all natural. I am wondering this, because I flung an arrow or two at mule deer in Wyoming on spot and stalk covering up scent wise and mask wise and took only a rock for my efforts. Now I admit I as a blind hunter do sound like a Bull Moose charging through corn flakes when on spot and stalk, but did down my game bear faced with nothing more than an open jacket, spreading my scent all over the place. So in closing, I have to wonder which is more affective, sterilizing one’s natural perfume and engaging that good old cloaking device, or falling back on the old timer’s hunter’s skill and trusting to luck that the game will be there? Just something to ponder on this report from the field from The Blind Gunslinger. Carey McWilliams.