Animals, in many cases, have extra-heightened senses in comparison to humans. While humans can be skilled hunters, animals have been conditioned through thousands of years of survival and evolution, leaving them with some of the best senses of smell, hearing and sight there is. A great part of the thrill of hunting is knowing you’ve mastered the ability to disguise yourself and camouflage into your surroundings in a way that not even such skilled senses can detect. Not only have found your kill, you’ve outsmarted it.
Hide your scent
The first step in disguising yourself in the wild is hiding your scent. This is an important step as it’s one of the biggest giveaways for animals of imminent danger. While you may perceive yourself as scentless, it should be very clear that you’re not. Think of when someone enters your home, you most likely can smell their unique “home scent” even if they can’t. The same rule applies when you enter an animal’s territory. So then what are your options?
- Wash your clothes in scentless detergent
- Don’t smoke
- Use odor-free shampoos and body washes
- Rub acorns, pine leaves and other natural scents (from the site, this won’t work if you bring your own as they carry different smells) on your clothing
*Keep in mind that while these methods will help reduce your scent, they can’t eliminate it completely.
Hide from sight
Once your scent is out of smelling range, you can proceed to worry about disappearing from sight. This part of the camouflage process is very dependent on what you’re hunting. Get familiar with the animals of the area. Some would argue that camouflage clothes aren’t as dire if you’re hunting deer, however, keep in mind that much of this is relative to where you’re hunting. If you’re around younger and less experienced deer, it’s probably not as big of a necessity, but when in doubt, come prepared. So where do you begin the camouflaging process?
- Wear camo clothing
- Camouflage according to where you’re hunting
- Cover up hands and face, especially if you are hunting in snowy areas where things particularly stand out against the snow
And finally, remember that scene in Jurassic Park where Dr. Grant tells Lex that the T-Rex can’t see them if they don’t move? Well, hunting non-giant lizard kings doesn’t quite work like that, but remember, eyesight across the animal kingdom has developed to immediately spot movement and identify it as a threat or non-threat. So your best bet? Get ready to be very, very still.