Jimmy Herman is a touring musician, bow hunter, fitness trainer and from my social interactions with him a very nice guy. Read his thoughts linked below. Be sure to follow him on instagram.
If you pick up any hunting magazine, looking through the ads, you will think the only way to hunt deer is by wearing $100 base layers. Having your personal ozone machine, on hand and having the fastest bow made.
In this article, let’s look at what it actually takes to be a hunter. First, pick a tool for hunting. Get a bow, traditional or compound or a crossbow. Just make sure you are proficient with it. Practice. It’s archery season in Indiana, so I started with that.
Next, find an archery shop run by a local guy that can teach you things. Avoid the big box stores, unless that is all that is available to you.
My gear: I picked up a used PSE Nova Sport Game compound bow for $50. Is it the fastest? No. Does it kill deer? Yes.
Hunting Clothes. On a basic budget, here’s what you need. Long Johns. Thermal Underwear. A pair of Carhartt bibs and Coat. Berne is another brand that is reputable. Comfortable boots that keep your feet warm. Sometimes, you can sit still for hours, hands and feet get cold being still. Orange hat, and some gloves.
My first pair of hunting boots, were made by Brahma. I bought them at Wal-Mart for around $40 and they lasted 5 years of hunting.
This next thing, you cannot forget this. Listen, it is absolutely possible to hunt and kill deer without wearing any camo at all. You do not have to have it. Just make sure that one your hunting gear fits your budget and two, keeps you warm. That is what it’s supposed to do.
Next we will look at the big mystery behind scent control.
Under Armor. Scent Lock. All the sprays, activated carbon clothing, does it really do anything? Let’s look at what it’s supposed to do and then look at real people hunting and what it actually does.
The Base Layers: These are supposed to draw sweat away from your body and keep you dry. Usually made from synthetic materials, if you use these, you will need to buy a couple sets, a top and bottom. Or wash them every time you leave the woods because they will stink.
Hunting clothes in general need to be washed seperate from your work clothes or everyday clothing. In past years, I bought the no scent wash detergent, but I cannot justify spending $10 on a 10oz. bottle of detergent. So what can we do?
I started washing my clothes in baking soda. It’s cheap. It’s odorless. It doesn’t ruin the color of my clothing.
What about the other stuff? deodorant, no scent spray, dryer sheets.
Again, I found odorless Arm and Hammer deodorant for $2. In the past I have used a deodorant stick made from salt that is odorless also. As far as sprays go, I do use one of those. We use Scent Away Fresh Earth scent.
Part of hunting White Tail Deer is the man Vs. Nature aspect. Specifically a white tail’s nose. There are plenty of youtube videos that show people being found by a dog even when using a no scent spray product. For me, my whole thought process on scent control is this.
Hide your human scent as much as possible, but smell like you belong in the woods. I achieve this, by showering in Scent Away max. Washing my clothes in baking soda, as soon as they dry, I spray them down with Scent Away Fresh Earth Scent spray.
The biggest thing any hunter can do to increase the odds of beating a white tail’s nose, is to learn how to play the wind, and walk quietly in the woods.
I am a big guy and I’ve had to go to local parks to walk and learn to walk quietly before hunting season. There’s nothing worse than getting 10 yards into the woods and hear the dreaded snort wheeze of a mature doe that just busted you. Happy Hunting.