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By:  Wade Nolan  bowhunting biologist

By: Wade Nolan bowhunting biologist

The Pa. opener for bowhunting has come and gone. The whitetail woods have again been invaded by us bowhunting nuts. The peaceful woods that the deer have been enjoying has again been violated by humans that smell like trouble. If you want to score, you must do everything right. Here are a few tips that will add to your success ratio.

1. Assume that the deer you are hunting are hunting you.

Deer are a prey species. Once we begin our afternoon jaunts to our treestands the woods are crisscrossed with human scent trails. Deer detect these trails long after we leave our treestands for our trucks. Just because you leave the woods don’t think your scent does. A deer can smell your human scent trail for up to 24 hours. Deer will avoid high human traffic areas. It may take only one scent encounter to cause a buck to change his pattern.


To push back against this fact you must seek a route to your stand that does not intersect or cross the trails of the deer your are hunting. Even if it requires you to follow a route that is not comfortable walking, do it anyway. One of my basic strategies is to wash my clothes in Sport Wash and not wear them two days in a row. I rotate three sets of camo and always wear clean camo.

2. Be invisible to the eyes of a deer.

There is solid research that has demonstrated the ability of deer to see into the UV spectrum. We know that all detergents except one (Sport Wash) contains UV-Brighteners. This opens up a logical strategy for us serious bowhunters. Fix the UV issue.


First, get a UV light that casts a 440 range light. You can get one for about ten bucks right here. It is as important as your clippers or folding saw but cheaper. Check your camo in a dark room. If it has been washed only once in regular detergent it will glow blue. If it glows treat it with U-V-Killer. One bottle will treat two sets of camo. Now a deer won’t be able to see you. You will blend into his yellow-shaded world.

3. Try to locate a morning hot spot.

Mornings are best and most guys only hunt evenings in October. Here is how to locate a morning hot spot. Walk into the wind slowly during midday. Watch for tails. You will jump deer from their beds. Mark the spot. Now locate the nearest feeding hot spot. It may be a grove of oaks dropping acorns or a cornfield. Set up near the bedding site. Go in early and catch them on the way to their beds.

This is a dynamite strategy because mornings come with rising thermals.  Therefore, your scent will be rising and the deer won’t smell you…even when they walk right under you. Mornings are my favorite time to arrow whitetails. The other benefit is that after the shot it just gets lighter and not darker making tracking a hit deer easier to follow up and recover.


That’s my three best strategies to make the pre-rut days pay off. Do it all right or the bucks will win.




Atsko U-V Killer eliminates the brighteners from your camouflage making your camouflage almost invisible to the keen eyes of deer and other game.

First wash new or soiled garments in Sport-Wash. Then spray on U-V-Killer. U-V-Killer absorbs the ultraviolet light and literally kills the blue-white glow which animals and birds so easily see on untreated garments. For a better chance at all wild game, treat your camouflage and blaze orange with U-V-Killer. It should be noted that a single washing in commercial detergents or fabric softeners will (while not removing the treatment) render the U-V-Killer useless by depositing new brightener dyes.

Always wash treated clothes in Sport-Wash. U-V-Killer blocks ultraviolet reflection and luminescence. For all fabric, camouflage, and blaze orange. One bottle will treat two sets of hunting clothes. The original U-V-Killer has changed how hunters think about camouflage.

It has been proven that animals and birds have sensitivity to ultraviolet light and the 438nm short-blue wavelengths that humans are blind to. U-V-Killer absorbs U-V wavelengths and thereby eliminates the blue glow caused by fabric dyes and detergents that contain U-V brighteners. U-V Killer eliminates the brighteners from your camouflage making your camouflage almost invisible to the keen eyes of deer and other game.


This glimpse into interesting whitetail research is brought to you by the science team at Atsko, the makers of Sport-Wash and N-O-D-O-R Spray.

Bowhunting Biologist Wade Nolan has been researching and teaching about whitetails since 1981. He conducts seminars across America. www.wadenolan.com

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