If you play the wind right the clothes your wearing might be sufficient. Are they scent free? How about UV rays? Can your clothes give off your location to game? So if your fooling the elk by concealing yourself in camo and scent lock, can you also imitate an elk and lure them into you or thinking that your one of the herd? This week lets look at your elk calls and your clothing.
Do you have a spare reed for your bull elk call? How about an extra reed call in case you loose one. Do you have a reed call or a hand held call similar to a “Hootchie Moma.” Reed calls are nice when your bow hunting because you can free your arms to draw back and remain motionless while calling. It takes some getting used to.
The first time you start with a reed call you may begin excess drooling, but don’t be alarmed. Keep practicing and don’t practice in front of your significant other unless they have the same aspirations as you do. Ounce you get comfortable with the reed call try it while you practice shooting your bow in various positions. Also there are some great tools on the internet for learning how to use a reed call.
Check the manufacturer, you tube, or even other hunting forums for sound and when to use a reed call or “Hootchie Moma”. A bull elk bugle in September can be another great tool if used properly. Sounding like a competitor bull intruding on another bulls herd can create an exhilarating moment when a jealous bull comes crashing in the lodge poll pine towards you. Keep in mind calling at the right time is everything. Over calling can also be a bad thing. Calling to locate and then playing the wind to stalk can be a good bet on seeing Elk.
Carbon scent remover clothing
Lots of folks use this apparel and there is a good reason why. It works. Even though carbon scent clothing can keep from adding unwanted scents from your body be weary about other strong odors(cigarette smoke or other camp smells). A good rule is to have camp clothes for when you return from hunting. Remove and decent your cloths(scent killer spray from various manufacturers) and then store in as air tight or scent free container as soon as possible(ASAP).
There are Clothing bags that keep unwanted scents away from your camo, vacuum bags, and others that you may get creative with. Some hunters I have met even buried their clothes in the ground on the land they intended to hunt. Unscented antiperspirant to cut any odor. Shower with various unscented or scent killer products (baking soda seems to work to).