Breath and ATV
December 20, 2010 at 11:54pm
Odor in the mouth is just like odor anywhere else on your body. The only advantage is that you can keep your mouth closed and trap the odor in side. If a deer can smell B.O. on the rest of your body it is only natural that they can smell your mouths odor if it is released. Young deer might not pay any attention to what comes out of your mouth but they also may not pay attention to if you had just bathed with old spice and the wind was blowing it right to them. Some deer are just plain stupid or curious depending on how you want to look at it. But think of it like this, if a deer can still smell you when a human can't smell anything on you at all I'm pretty sure they are going to take notice to some breath that someone can smell when you've got your mouth open. It's only common sense to think that and if you look at human charts showing where the strongest areas for scent are the mouth is as strong as the arm pit or the crotch. I have spit regular spit on a young buck that was standing under my tree but this young buck put his nose to the ground and followed my exact trail in so he obviously wasn't the brightest crayon in the box himself. I think what it really comes down to is the deer. I have killed deer when I know I didn't smell good and the wind wasn't in my favor and then there has been times I have done everything right and still some how they wind me.
As far as motor noise I have seen many a deer in shotgun range just stand there and watch me. I have done this driving trucks, 4 wheelers, tractors, and golf carts by deer and it's not uncommon for me to park and come back out after hunting and have a group of deer standing by the vehicle. In fact some of the bucks I shot this year just stood and watched me ride by one night on the tractor not 70 yards away. I have them on trail camera looking as I drive by and they didn't appear to be phased one bit. And to top that off I had a fire about 150 yards from them and we had music and everything playing and there are pictures of the deer standing with their rears turned towards the camera and they are all watching me and my friends.