Animals in the wild don’t last long without a keen sense of smell. Black bears, for example, use their nose to find food, especially forage like clams, berries, and animal carcasses. Without a good nose, many bears would starve.
Whitetail deer use their sense of smell to stay alive too. Not only do they find food, they also avoid predators with their noses. A deer actually has two “noses,” the kind we’re used to seeing, and a vomeronasal organ, which opens at the roof of the mouth. Scientists believe this organ is used primarily for sniffing out good mating partners, but it still demonstrates a deer’s reliance on smell.
In fact, it’s been estimated that the part of a deer’s brain that interprets smell is nine times larger than a human’s. With more scent receptors than an average dog, deer are fully equipped to smell practically anything, including hunters looking to bag a trophy.
So how can you avoid being smelled out before you get the chance to shoot? Use these simple tips and you’ll give yourself an added advantage in the field.
One of the first things you can do to prevent a buck from smelling you out is to start at ground zero: your body. Good hygiene not only makes your spouse happy, it keeps your body odor from overpowering your clothes. Use scent-free soaps and shampoos, and shower before every single hunt. Follow up with a scent-free deodorant and you’ll be clean, comfortable, and scent-free for hours.
Properly cleaning and drying your hunting clothes is a smart practice, but it won’t do a whole lot of good if you store your apparel with shirts and pants covered in the flowery scent of laundry detergent. Many hunters prefer to seal their hunting clothes in plastic bags and storage containers, keeping their apparel quarantined from encroaching smells.
Your favorite hunting jacket might be the most comfortable and warm piece of clothing in your closet, but if you wear it to work, the bar, the diner, and the shop, it’s going to pick up those smells. If you want your hunting apparel to be as scent-free as possible, leave it at home until it comes time to hunt.
Lots of hunters are very thorough when it comes to keeping their pants, shirts, and jackets scent-free, but then trudge out into the woods wearing boots that have been dragged through mud, gasoline, grass, oil, salt, and hundreds of other contaminants. Remember that contact with the ground means your boots pick up smells quickly. A good practice is to store your boots in a plastic bag, wear a pair of sneakers when driving to your hunting grounds, and put your boots on only when your ready to start walking.
Having the right clothing can make a big difference in the success of your hunt. NOMAD hunting apparel is leading the way in scent-reduction technology with two innovative techniques. The first is infusing the fabric with nitrates, which masks the body’s odor. The other is a volcanic rock called zeolyte, which traps the odor inside the clothing. With NOMAD hunting apparel, you are better equipped to hide your scent from the buck of a lifetime.
Visit the online store from NOMAD and check out our large selection of hunting apparel. You’ll find a complete collection of layered hunting garments, all designed to give you an advantage in the field.
Hunters have sought shed antlers on the forest floor for as long as they’ve hunted deer. In recent years, antler shed hunting has become more popular than ever. However, while shed hunting is a rewarding activity, it is often difficult at the outset. Fortunately, dedicated NOMADs usually get better at finding antlers as they accumulate more experience. To enjoy success, you’ll want to hone your skills, cloak yourself in the right type of gear and maybe even enlist the help of your dogs. Whether you’re just getting started or have been at it for a while, we hope these antler shed hunting tips will help you improve your take.
No matter the pursuit, sportsmen and sportswomen are always interested in improving their game. If you fish for bass, you’re always after a bigger one than you caught the day before; if you like to stalk gobblers, you’re always on the lookout for a bigger and better bird than the last. Similarly, whitetail hunters are always keen to harvest a bigger buck than they ever have. And this drive will last for the rest of your life. Even if you managed to claim the biggest whitetail buck ever killed, you’d be out again next season, looking for his big brother. In this post, we’ll showcase some of the biggest whitetail deer on record and offer some background on the record keeping process.
Despite the close kinship of deer and elk, both species represent very different challenges to the NOMADs who hunt them. Most experienced hunters and guides would agree that deer are the easier quarry to pursue, but if you learn to embrace the ways in which these species differ and apply the skills you’ve learned hunting deer, you’ll have a much better chance of bagging a big bull. In this article, we’ll cover the difference between deer and elk hunting so you can have the edge over whichever game you choose to pursue.