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That Stinks!

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Deer have an amazing sense of smell.  If you don’t believe that, just take a look at your local sporting goods store at all of the products designed to keep you from smelling bad.  When I first started deer hunting, frankly, all of that was a little hard for me to believe until one evening in early December.

I had seen several deer on a small field of winter wheat a few days earlier.  In Kansas the wind always blows out of the north or the south so I decided to set up on the east side of the field.  I found a fallen tree and climbed up so I could set a few feet above the ground and have a good view of the field.  Much to my amazement the wind started to blow gently out of the east, blowing my scent directly into the field.  Since the sun was setting I decided to stay put.

The breeze felt almost as if someone was blowing gently on the back of my neck.  It barely even qualified as a breeze by Kansas standards.  I noticed a doe on the north edge of the field, about 50 yards away.  She was grazing contently as she worked her way south into the field.  It took about 15 minutes for her to wander into the middle of the field, seemingly without a care in the world.  When she reached the spot directly west of me where the wind would have been blowing my scent, she looked directly at me, hoisted her tail and took off for the woods!  It was an amazing experience that helped me understand that deer have a really keen sense of smell.

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