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      loneranger1234
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      I see there are not too many posts on here. Possibly a more obscure site ? At any rate here is another question and experience. Mine. I have only 40 acres to hunt. Just 3 stands on it. the interior is bedding and safety. I do not go in there until March so deer/does feel safe to stay. On the outside I have some small food plots. I have my stands on the outside of the property too. The deer travel basically east to west or west to east across my land. There is no real way to approach my stands from directions that are obscure or too far from the deer and trails. I have 2 stands I access from a mowed trail. I also take this trail during the summer to work on my plots. I have seen deer even older bucks come right down the trails I have just walked in on. I only hunt the 3 wks of the Nov rut to maximize my effectiveness. I am in a farm neighborhood so lots of people out and about. I kinda think my deer get used to a certain amount of human scent. I try the best I can to bathe, wash clothes, keep my scent to a minimum. But I know deer must smell me sometimes on the stand. Once I had 4 does with some fawns all around me in my stand only 10 ft off the ground. It was a dead still damp morning. They messed around me for an hour and never seemed to get my scent. finally I ended up shooting one of them. Was strange ? You read about going to great lengths to eliminate your scent but in some situations you just can’t. Of coarse the rut has the advantage of deer preoccupied with other things on their mind. That is why I concentrate my hunting hours during that short time.

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      John Williams
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      Good morning loneranger1234,

      We are glad to have your question and experience. I will be glad to help any way I can. It sounds to me like you are doing just about everything right. The wind is a huge factor in being successful in the hunt. It does not matter what kind of scent contraption you use if you have the wrong wind and thermals. It sounds to me like your thermals were rising in the morning even though there was no noticeable air. When the ground heats up the thermals carries your scent upwards. In the evening as the temperature and ground cools, air pulls downward. Here is a great article on thermals that really helped me understand what thermals mean and how to hunt them. You’ll really notice thermals when the wind that is predicted is not necessarily the wind that you are getting in a certain area due to land features like low spots, ridges, fields, or swamps. This is usually only gained through experience and hunting the land in different scenarios. With enough experience you can probably guess as to what the thermals will do in an area based off of topography maps. Unless you hunt truly flatland, thermals will play a part in how the wind actually moves through an area.

      Due to your low hunting pressure, pressure on the land in the off-season, thermals, and scent control tactics the deer may not have realized you were so close or there at all. More than likely they did, but if they did not it is possible because of thermals and good scent control. Scent control does not eliminate all of the scent, but it might act like a buffer to make a whitetail think you are further off than you actually are which is good for bow hunting. The deer’s age could have been a factor as well. They may have smelled you, but have not associated that smell with danger yet. Like you said, they could have been preoccupied. They might have been being chased all night by coyotes or bucks and needed to refuel in the morning. Based off of repeated patterns and feelings of safety in the area they felt comfortable enough to feed for almost an hour. Hopefully a big buck decides to do that for you this year, and you can put an arrow N1!

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