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I'm wondering how long human scent will actually remain detectable to deer in a given area. For example, we try not to touch branches and leaves with our hands and we wear knee high rubber boots. If you do touch branches with bare skin or walk an area in sneakers or tennis shoes, how long will your scent linger if not washed away by rains?
 

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bloodhound dogs can track human scent about a week old.
Deer sense of smell is just as good if not better. so about a week..
 

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Bees said:
bloodhound dogs can track human scent about a week old.
Deer sense of smell is just as good if not better. so about a week..

Yep, about a week.
 

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Don't know for sure but deer aren't bloodhounds...if I think I contaminated an area I want tro hunt then I give that spot a good 3 days to cool off...When I was younger I totally over hunted my stands and one in particular I hunted 6 days straight and killed a nice 8 on the last day at 12 yds. so I do think a cool off time is necessary but a week is stretching it IMO but I doubt many hunters are hunting in tennis shoes and touching foliage w/bare hands all the time. If proper scent control practices are taken care of,I'm saying 3-4 days and you are good. That scent left over is not "fresh" or "hot" to a mature animal and you should be good to go.
 
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