Of Scents and Wind: In 1995, in the canyon country of New Mexico, outside Tierra Amarilla, I bugled a bull in across a canyon. He was over 300-yards away and we were bowhunting-making a video, “Double Teaming Bulls.” No question-no doubt, at 300-yards he winded us, left the area. The wind was in our faces. Four days later, outside Oak Creek, CO, we called a bull in from directly downwind. I shot him at 22-yards. The wind was steady, right in his face. He never smelled us…me, two cameramen and a guide. He came in on a string. What was the difference? Don’t confuse scent with wind direction. Think of scent as a tendril of pasta-small, thin, bent and twisted. The wind may be straight from the west. The animal may be due east. That doesn’t mean it can smell you. But how do you know? Obviously, you can’t. A good number of hunters, think you can climb high enough to defeat a deer’s nose. Meadow muffins. The higher you climb, the farther away they are likely to smell you. Scent sinks…at some point. Deer Hunters-think, use some common sense. Quit believing all the pfaff outdoor writers spew. Experiment with wind. Use your head. THINK. What is scent to a mature whitetail? Give that question a lot of thought. I have not killed a room full of huge-racked bucks. But I have killed my share of book bucks on public ground. I have screwed up a lot, missed some and gotten old with a room full of heads that are great memories. Today, my jollies come from experimenting and research. What did I learn? I did it wrong for a long time. Don’t please…don’t buy into commercial B.S.