Many hunters are showing little consideration for wind direction due to the invention of scent eliminating sprays and clothing. While these products keep us from stinking up the whole place, they are not the answer to the entire problem.
Most human scent comes from our breath and the sebaceous glands behind our ears and these products do little to help those areas.
I use these products whenever I go into the field. They help a great deal in keeping my past understand undetected.
However the old-fashioned way of staying downwind of the deer is the only true way to keep your scent away from the deer.
I feel very fortunate to have been raised in a rural community nestled in the rugged mountains of Idaho. In my youth, the locals paid little attention to game laws and seasons. Back then everyone hunted for meat. There was a certain amount of red meat that was needed be brought in to get everyone through the winter and we hunted until that supply was met. Hunting wasn’t for sport. It was for survival. We killed a lot deer. Those were the run, gun, and grin days of hunting here in Idaho. I loved every minute of it.
Times have changed. Those days are gone. But I would like to thank all the old-timers who so freely shared their hunting lore and secret spots with me. The lessons have not been forgotten. Thank you all.