Exploring Human Odor

Our bodies constantly emit odor molecules into the air. Virtually every action, food and anything we come into contact with affects how we smell. Your mouth, underarms, groin and feet are odor hotspots on your body.

The human body can collect odors from anywhere. Fueling up your truck, having a smoke and even your morning coffee can leave odors on your body. These smells may not be overly alarming to us, but they are foreign in the field and can put big game on high alert sending them high tailing it to the next county.

Every time you exhale, you are emitting volatile odor compounds into your surroundings. Food, smoking and poor dental care all contribute to your breath’s overall odor signature. The foods we eat stay on our breath until they are completely digested and the smell of tobacco products linger long after they are done being used. All of these add up to odor that big game can find threatening in their natural environment.

In addition to outside influences that contribute to your odor signature, your body generates odor through sweat and bacteria. Sweating is a natural reaction your body has to overheating. The bacteria on our skin consumes sweat in order to survive, multiply and create odor. In turn, these large colonies add yet another component to your overall odor signature in the field that big game can take as a sure sign of danger.

As you can see the odor you bring into the field is unique to you and your daily activities. However, by using the right technologies and sound hunting habits, you can virtually eliminate odor and substantially reduce the chances of being detected.

Human Odor Smoke Bomb

Every hunter knows how important wind direction is. It literally determines everything about when, where and how we hunt an area. No matter how cautious we are about playing the wind it often seems like it can change multiple times throughout the course of a day. Changing wind directions are an essential part of what makes activated carbon clothing so important to our success in the woods.

Much of our success in the woods is determined by how much of our odor deer will tolerate in a given area. Imagine that your odor to a deer’s nose is like smoke to a smoke alarm. A small amount of odor can be present and might even make deer curious. A little more odor and deer may get a little nervous. A little more odor still and deer will go on high alert stomping their foot and trying to pinpoint the source of the odor. If the level of human odor gets too high, the alarm will go off and the deer will bust out of the area.

The use of activated carbon clothing reduces your zone of detection by staggering amounts. Without activated carbon technology your scent would be continuously carried by the wind currents out to any deer within your area. By using activated carbon clothing however, you will not only have a better chance of being undetected, but ultimately have more opportunities within your effective range.