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A deer’s nose knows

It’s been said that the average deer hunter will never see a 140-inch buck in his or her hunting lifetime, let alone hang one over the fireplace.

There are several reasons for that, not the least of which is the woods are not full of them. Besides that, they can hear and see us, even when we think we’re being still –– and, most of all, they can smell us.

It’s been estimated that a deer’s sense of smell is 100 times greater than ours and nearly 1 1/3 times as sensitive as a dog’s. Tests indicate that deer can pick up human scent 10 days after someone has been in the area. Even the unseemly odors in the deer-cabin loft don’t hang around with the windows open.

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