According to wildlife biologist the whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) has up to 297 million olfactory receptors. Most dogs have about 220 million; a human has just 5 million. Here’s how you even up the odds.
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As firearm deer seasons head into the coldest months of the year, in many northern climes, the Whitetail rut is over or winding down. Or is it?
With the arrival of summer comes the signal to work the kinks out of my equipment. I call it my R&D phase. If a piece of equipment is going to fail, I want it to happen before I cross state lines for a premium elk hunt or when I am staring down a monster whitetail. When choosing a new bow sight, here are a few must-have features to consider for function and reliability.
After a through and exhaustive search, I am here to declare once and for all that hunting whitetails is hard. While that may be surprising to some—the ones lucky enough to walk out their first time with a bow or gun and a shiny new hunter education card and wallop a monster—to many it is knowledge earned after exhaustive hours in the field.
And would you really want it to be easy? If everyone went out and shot a Booner their first day, how much fun would it be? (Although after 20-plus years, I think I should have earned at least one gimme.) After all, it is the allure of harvesting something rare and unique, a trophy like no other, that keeps our blood boiling and separates the hunters from those who merely hike with weapons in the whitetail woods.
Few critters have a sniffer that can match a whitetail and I have failed the test more than once. There are two schools of thought when planning a scent strategy. Both have you eliminating as much human scent as possible.
Summer scouting for whitetail should be an integral part of any avid deer hunter’s routine. Depending on how and when