Intro: Ten Steps to Keep You Hidden From Deer
Deer hunters, especially bow hunters know how hard it is to stay hidden from deer. Deer have good eyesight, even better hearing, and an amazing sence of smell. Here are some tips I use to keep deer obliviouse to my presence. Some of the tips may seem obviouse but people still dont use them.
Step 1: You Can Not Over Exagerate Scent Control
Deer can smell things from 100 yards away that a human could barely smell right next to his nose. Wash your clothes in special hunting soap that has no perfume scents added. Use scent killer body soap and deodarant before going hunting. Also store your clothes in an air tight bin with oak leaves and or pine needles in it to keep scents out. It doesnt hurt to leave that bin out side or in the garage either. Deer can also smell your breath. Minty tooth paste will scare deer away just as much as your mourning breath will though. I suggest eating an apple or an orange after brushing your teeth in the mourning.
Step 2: Deer See UV
When buying scentless soap, make sure you buy some with no UV brighteners. Normal soap has UV brighteners that would make you glow to deer.
Step 3: Deer See Cool Colors
Deer see colors on the low end of the spectrum. These colors include violet, blue, green and possibly colors the human eye cant see. Colors such as red and orange they see as black and gray. To be honest, I'm not sure if they can see the color yellow. Deer do not see blaze orange (which is manditory to wear during gun season) as orange. How ever, it comes in as gray to them. So, orange camo helps break it up a littltle so its not just one gray blob.
Step 4: Dont Use Pop Up Blinds
Box blinds that stay out all hunting season are fine because the deer get used to them. Pop up blinds however, that are meant to be set up right before the hunt, spook deer because even though its camo it is still a big camo cube in the middle of the woods. You can try to hide them by tucking them into brush but even then, windows appear as black squares to deer. You are best off with a natural blind in my opinion.
Step 5: Know the Deer You Are Hunting
When the deer you are hunting dont see many hunters, tree stands work great because why would the expect to look up and see a peson? Deer that are more pressured however, are used to hunters in tree stands and are harder to coax with them. Some times when hunting very pressured deer, a pit blind works. A pit blind places you in the ground so that your head can see when sitting, and allows enough room to pull off a shoot when standing. Pit blinds are hard to make sometimes though, so again natural blinds are a safe bet. Another tip is skirt your tree stand with camo burlap to shadow movement.
Step 6: Dont Look Like a Human
If you can, try to break up your human outline. This is how ghilly suits work. Ghilly suits dont look like a primate standing on two legs with arms and a head. They just look like a blob. Other effective ways of breaking up your outline is wear a couple different stiles and brands of camo. I used to wear desert storm fatigue pants with a realistic woodland camo coat and combat boots. I shot plenty of deer in that even though desert camo doesnt really blend with the woods. They also make leafy pattern clothes that are meant to break up the human out line.
Step 7: Look Like a Tree
Trees grow straight up and down. Grass grows up and down. Why would you look like the forest floor unless you are going to lay on the forest floor? Look for a pattern of camo that has more vertical lines and shapes. Im not saying every thing should be a straight line up and down, but the main focus should look like a tree trunk.
Step 8: Get Comfey
To minimize movement, invest in a stand or chair for your blind that you can get comfortable in. Deer see movement easily just like humans. Movment also makes noise. Don't move more than you have to, and, when you do have to, move slowly.
Step 9: Be Ready
Have your bow knocked, ready and waiting near by before the deer comes in. Stand up at the first possible moment after seeing the deer and grab your bow. This way you won't have to move much when the deer is close.
Step 10: Either Practice Calling Alot, or Dont Rely on Calls Much
Deer have decent hearing, so if you mess up you call, the deer probably heard you. I choose to use calls and rattle very little, but use scent drags to attract bucks to my stand.