Hunting Tips

What to Do During the Off-Season

It’s the off-season; now what? Just because it’s that time of year doesn’t mean you stop being a hunter!

While it’s technically the off-season, there’s still plenty you can do during this time to keep yourself busy and prepare for the coming hunting season. You may not be able to shoot your gun or your bow, but we like to think the off-season doesn’t exist — the fun (and the work!) doesn’t end when the season does. There doesn’t have to be an “off-season” since there’s always something to do, some way to keep up your skill, and to get ready for future hunts.

Read more below about how you can spend your off-season time.

What to Do During the Off-Season

Scout All Year Long — There’s no sense waiting until late-summer to start scouting. The more time you spend in the sticks, the more you learn and understand the area and the wildlife. There’s a lot to know; whether you’re on site or not, the information is out there, and this information might be valuable to you.

Stay in Shape — Getting in shape for a hunt can be a lot of work, so don’t lose it only to have to get it back six months down the road. Whether you hit the gym a few times a week or head for the hills to take in some of Mother Nature’s beauty and fresh air on a hike, staying active is critical. While you’re at it, take your hunting pup along (if you have one) to keep their senses keen and their body’s agile. 

Perfect Your Shot — Now is not the time to let your aim get rusty. Instead, spend time at your local shooting range or a safe (and legal) place to practice outdoors. Perfecting your shot now will help ensure a more successful season.

Test Your Gear — If you’re like many hunters, you’re probably really into hunting gear. You’ve likely acquired new equipment since your last hunt and have plenty of well-loved gear you use year after year. Don’t wait until the hunting season begins to test out what you’ve got. Take a weekend to pack up your things and test it all out. Not only is this a fun excuse to get away for a few days, but it is very telling of how prepared you are. Do you need to replace anything? Do you need to purchase anything else? Are you as ready as you can be? A weekend away with your gear will give you all the answers you need.

Go Shed Hunting — Shed hunting a great way to spend early spring. You get to enjoy some incredible views and crisp mountain air while you learn about mammal behavior, which might come in handy in your future hunts. Not to mention, you might walk away with a beautiful antler or two.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

The off-season is the perfect time to book your next hunt with R & K Hunting Company. Our team of talented and knowledgeable guides is eager to take you on an exciting Rocky Mountain hunting adventure in the beautiful hills of Utah and Wyoming. Our experienced staff will take on the headaches and hassles of obtaining permits and applications for you, so you can truly enjoy this unique and exhilarating, once in a lifetime experience. Contact R & K Hunting Company to book your next hunt today.

How to Deal with Predators on Your Hunt

Hunting is an exciting sport, but it comes with many dangers, including dealing with predators on your hunt.

The reason you may participate in the sport might be to experience the thrill of hunting an animal—the stalking, the waiting, and the potential of a successful hunt. It’s all exhilarating until the tables are turned. Spending countless hours outdoors can only mean you’ll eventually run into one of Mother Nature’s predatory creatures. These encounters, while rare, can feel unsettling. If the thought of running into a cougar or a bear gives you more fear and anxiety than it does joy, don’t sweat it—that’s normal! The only thing you need to know is how to handle yourself and how to deal with these predatory animals on your hunt.

Learn more about dealing with predators below.

How to Deal with Predators While Hunting

Before you head out for the hills, make sure to do the following so you can handle yourself if you run into a predator on your hunt:

RESEARCH THE AREA — If you are hunting in an area you’ve never been to and aren’t familiar with it, make sure to research the area and know the animals that inhabit it. This information can help you prepare and know what to look for.

IMPLEMENT THE BUDDY SYSTEM — Hunting alone is incredibly dangerous. Always hunt and hike with a friend.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT — All of your equipment must be working correctly. Ensure your weapons function properly, that your food containers are airtight, and that you’ll have all you need.

FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE BREEDING SEASON — The term “Mama Bear” does not only apply to bears. Mother animals are considered to be some of the most dangerous animals as they become incredibly aggressive and protective of their young. Make sure to allow plenty of distance between you, mothers, and their offspring and never get in between the two.

TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS — Bring along anything that can help keep you safe, such as bear spray, a music speaker or radio (playing music or noise), or bear bells.

UNDERSTAND SAFETY SPECIFICS — Encountering wild animals can be stressful, and it’s important to know that safety procedures are not all the same for each species. How you handle black bear encounters is far different from grizzlies, wolves, or moose, so be prepared.

REMAIN CALM — Staying calm is essential. Panicking will not allow you to think clearly or rationally and will keep you from acting correctly in the situation. Keep in mind most wild animals want to avoid you almost as much as you want to avoid them.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Hunting is up there in our biggest joys and thrills, and knowing how to deal with predators on your hunt is one of the smartest things you can do.

Hunting with a buddy, like the professionals at R & K Hunting Company, is one of the best things you can do to stay safe on your hunt. Our team of skilled and knowledgeable guides has decades of experience and insider tips and tricks. Enjoy a Rocky Mountain adventure in the hills of Utah and Wyoming when you book your hunt with R & K Hunting Company. Contact us today!

5 Tips for Using a Decoy Deer

Using a decoy deer during your hunt can be an effective tactic for landing that trophy buck and coming home successfully.

A well-placed decoy that is used in the right way can help influence a deer’s behavior and help bring them into range so you can take your shot. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you use a decoy. That’s why, today, we’re giving you five easy tips for using a decoy deer that will help increase your chances of ending your hunt with a trophy in your hands.

Read more about how to use a deer decoy below successfully.

TIP #1 — Use Your Decoy Pre-Rut and Rut

Timing is everything and the best time to use your decoy is pre-rut and rut. A few weeks before peak breeding is an ideal time. During this time, bucks start to leave their group of single friends and establish their home ranges, using a decoy most effective. During the pre-rut and rut, bucks experience a huge increase in testosterone, making them more dominant and aggressive. Therefore more likely to come near your decoy.

TIP #2 — Use a Buck Decoy

Many hunters opt to use a doe decoy, which can be effective. However, what seems to be more effective is taking advantage of bucks’ surge in testosterone and aggressiveness and using a buck decoy. Like we said above, bucks are naturally dominant during this time and will come forward to remove another buck who seems to be intruding on his territory, giving you a perfect, clear shot.

TIP #3 — Odor and Scent Control

Deer have an acute sense of smell and can detect scents over a quarter-mile away. This makes scent control an essential part of your hunt. Make sure to always set up your decor upwind from where your prey will come — NEVER downwind, or else he’ll smell you.

TIP #4 — Good Decoy Placement

A critical variable when using a decoy is how you place it. Make sure to set up your decoy well within range. Are you right-handed or left-handed? How are you using your gun? Think about these things as you set up your blind and your decoy. Another thing to think about is how a buck will approach your decoy. It likely will not come head-on. Instead, it will feel out the situation and determine what a threat this buck (decoy) is and will likely circle and come in from the side. 

TIP #5 — Visibility is Essential

In addition to the position in which you set up your decoy, you need to think about its visibility. Your decoy is virtually useless unless your prey can see it. As you set up, consider the terrain and look for places where deer travel, such as feeding areas or travel corridors.

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Using a decoy deer can significantly increase your chances of a successful hunt. 

Increase the likelihood of landing a trophy buck even further by booking your next exciting hunt with R & K Hunting Company. Our team of knowledgeable guides and outfitters have years of experience and can help facilitate a once in a lifetime Rocky Mountain hunting adventure in Wyoming and Utah. Our skilled professionals have countless tips and tricks (like that above) that will bring you back year after year, season after season. Contact R & K Hunting Company to book your next hunt today.

Night Vision Devices 101

Once exclusively used for war that debuted in the late 1930s, night vision technology now enhances your hunting and other outdoor adventures.

Night vision devices are a useful tool for hunters and sportsmen, whether on the mountain or at home. During the primary hunting season, the sun is only up for a short amount of time. This doesn’t allow for much scouting and stalking unless you invest in night vision gear. But before you choose just any device, it’s necessary to understand all of the workings behind the amazing technology that is night vision. 

Learn more below.

Night Vision Technology

There are two ways night vision technology works: image enhancement and thermal imaging.

IMAGE ENHANCEMENT — Image enhancement devices are the more popular choice because, rather than focusing on the light that objects emit, they focus on the light reflected off of them. Through an objective lens, these devices use an image-intensifier tube that collects infrared and visible light. It’s then enhanced so the human’s ordinary eye can see it.

THERMAL IMAGING — With the use of special lenses, thermal imaging can focus on the inferred light put out by objects (in a hunter’s case, the animals). The light is transformed into detailed temperature patterns called thermographs by the detector elements in the night vision devices.

Levels of Night Vision Devices

There are levels, or generations, of night vision technology. As the number rises, the devices become more advanced. Gen 1 devices are a very popular choice but don’t forget about the major advantages that come with generations 2 through 4 despite their heftier price tags. However, generally speaking, gen 1 devices do more than enough for most recreational activities, including hunting and scouting.

Generation 2 devices are typically used by law enforcement agents and other professionals who often add a micro-channel plate that amplifies light, giving a brighter and sharper image — much better than gen 1 models can. Gen 3 models are essentially just a better version of the gen 2 devices. Because of their photocathode with gallium arsenide, they produce an even brighter and sharper image. Lastly, gen 4s feature gated film-less technology that increases its resolution and target detection.

Considerations When Purchasing Night Vision Devices

When shopping for night vision gear, it’s best to look for a device that is specific to your activity. Consider the model’s image quality, range, and gain and remember that one size does not fit all when it comes to night vision devices. For hunting, you might want a longer lens that allows an extended viewing range, or perhaps, image quality is your priority. Determine what is most important to you and make your decision based on that.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

For an exhilarating hunting adventure, bring your night vision devices along on your next hunt with R & K Hunting Company. Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime Rocky Mountain experience in Utah and Wyoming you’ll never forget. Our experienced staff will handle all the prep work for you, such as obtaining tags and managing the permitting and application processes. Call our pros to book your hunt today.

Here’s Why You Should Add Elk Meat To Your Diet

One of the biggest benefits and reasons sportsmen love to hunt is the delicious, hard-earned elk meat they get to enjoy.

While elk meat may not be as common as beef, bison, or venison, it’s becoming more popular and recognized for its savory flavor, tender texture, sustainability, and clean and heart-healthy benefits. It’s definitely a meat that is worth adding to your diet, or maybe even swapping!

Below you’ll find five reasons why you should incorporate elk meat into your diet.

Reasons Why You Should Add Elk Meat to Your Diet

Here are a handful of the many reasons why you and your family should eat elk meat:

  • LOW FAT, LOW CHOLESTEROL — Animals with tightly active lifestyles and a clean, natural diet will almost always produce leaner meat than what you can buy at the local grocery or butcher. Elk meat has a lot less fat than beef and is richer in Omega 3, CLA, and other necessary good fats. These factors can play a role in weight loss, cardiovascular health, and improved muscle mass.
  • GOOD SOURCE OF PROTEIN — In addition to being low fat, elk meat is high in protein and is a good source of vitamins and minerals our bodies need. You can enjoy more protein and vitamins and minerals like B12, iron, zinc, niacin, phosphorus, thiamine, and riboflavin from an average cut of elk than you could from chicken, lamb, or beef. This nutritious bite helps lower the risk of heart disease, boosts your immune system, and can improve your overall health.
  • ELK MEAT IS SUSTAINABLE — Generally speaking, elk are not farmed the same way cow are farmed. Elk live a free-range lifestyle in open fields and woodlands, don’t require shelter, and eat an all-natural diet consisting of grass, leaves, bark, and herbs. Elk meat is free of steroids, antibiotics, and hormones. Bringing a natural, unadulterated meat indoor diet means supporting a sustainable food system.
  • VERSATILE PREPARATIONS AND COOKING METHODS — Elk meat is available in a variety of cuts and can be prepared in countless ways, whether you enjoy a flank steak, rack of ribs, loin chops, ground meat, sausages, or jerky. You can substitute elk meat for beef in most recipes without trouble; just adjust your heat and cooking time since it’s leaner and cooks faster.
  • GREAT FLAVOR — Of course, none of this would matter if elk didn’t have a great flavor! Thankfully, elk meat tastes as good as it is healthy! Some suggest that it’s better than beef, with its clean, sweet, and pronounced flavor—much less gamey than venison. Thanks to its tender texture, elk meat doesn’t require much marinating, if any at all!

Contact R & K Hunting Company

If you want to add elk meat to your diet, there’s no better way than to harvest the animal yourself with the experts at R & K Hunting Company.

Our exciting hunting trips include lodging, chef-prepared meals, knowledgeable personal guides, and some of the best hunting habitats on the planet. We are dedicated to providing long-lasting memories that are almost as exciting looking back on as when you were actually experiencing them. Contact our team today and let our experienced team put together a thrilling Rocky Mountain adventure for you in Utah or Wyoming.

Hunting Shed Antlers — Part 2

As we learned last time, hunting for shed antlers is an exciting sport for hunters and sportsmen. 

Shed hunting is a great way to enjoy the beautiful early spring weather and gather information about next season’s hunt and animals. Last time we talked about the best time to go hunting for shed antlers and reasons why it’s a favorite sport among sportsmen. However, today, we’re giving you all the tips and tricks you need to know for shed hunting, such as where to look, how to find them, and more.

Find out more about shed hunting below.

Tips and Tricks for Hunting Shed Antlers

INCLUDE YOUR FURRY FRIEND — Do you have a hunting dog? Train your pup to help you find shed antlers. Dogs with a fair amount of drive and a decent nose usually make for great shed dogs. Since teaching an older pooch new tricks has proven to be tricky, it’s best to begin your training early.

WHERE TO LOOK — You can find shed antlers in many places, but you’ll have the best luck if you look in the following spots:

Feeding Locations — After the exhausting hunting season, bucks are looking to find areas with concentrated food sources to nourish their depleted bodies. Begin your search near orchards, oak ridges, cutovers, food plots, and agricultural fields — especially looking in areas with dips and deep ravines (to hide against prevailing winds) since these are often reliable places to find large sheds.

Bedding Areas — Deer and other big game spend a lot of their days resting and hiding away in bedding areas. Bedding areas are often found in places with tall grass, brushy thickets, and heavily wooded pockets of land where they can easily keep to themselves. Many of these animals prefer south-facing slopes, which allows them to soak up as much sunlight as possible.

Travel Trails — Always check out the travel corridors and trails between feeding and bedding areas — especially in places where the deer or other mammals would have to jump over objects, like a fence, which can loosen antlers, causing them to fall.

GATHER PERMITTING — As previously mentioned in last week’s article, it is necessary to have a permit or certificate that allows you to shed hunt during peak season (February to April) in several states. For example, those in Utah must complete an online Antler Gathering Ethics Course to obtain their free certificate.

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER — Like hunting, hunters should dress in layers for shed hunting excursions. Spring weather fluctuates, so be prepared for either cold or warm weather.

SNOWY AREAS — Speaking of weather, the mountain slopes may not have had enough time and sunlight to melt away snowdrifts depending on the current climate. Always check beneath snowy areas where antlers could be hiding.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Hunting for shed antlers is an exciting way to spend your spring and prepare for your autumn hunting season with R & K Hunting Company.

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Utah and Wyoming hunting experience with the expert guides at R & K Hunting company. The exciting Rocky Mounting adventure and knowledge and skills of our professionals will leave you coming back year after year, season after season. Contact the experienced team at R & K Hunting Company to book your next hunt today.

Hunting Shed Antlers Part 1

Hunting shed antlers is a favorite activity among sportsmen, which is why so many Utahns and Wyomingites partake in this activity.

While it is becoming more popular, the sport of shed hunting actually goes back to prehistoric times and cave dwellers. If you are unfamiliar with shed hunting, it is the pursuit of searching for antler-bearing mammals, such as deer, moose, and elk, that have naturally fallen off after the rut in late winter, near February and March. It also helps hunters keep an inventory of elusive bucks that made it through the hunting season. With shed hunting season fast approaching, we’re taking a deep dive into the sport.

Continue reading to learn more.

When is the Best Time to Hunt for Shed Antlers?

Most mammals, specifically whitetails, begin to drop their antlers close to the beginning of the year; however, most drop theirs in February and March. It’s important to note that harsh winter and other conditions can cause deer and other mammals stress that can cause them to drop their antlers earlier. It’s safe to say, by the first of April, nearly all bucks will have dropped their antlers. 

Planning when to go shed hunting can be a bit tricky. You don’t want to go too early because you might push these massive animals out of their refuge, but you don’t want to go too late and miss out on all the action. Wildlife agencies in several states have implemented a shed antler season and shed hunting regulations to help minimize the stress on wildlife. As you plan your excursions, keep the wildlife in mind. If you do encounter wildlife of any kind during your outing, make sure to give them plenty of space, enough that they won’t even sense your presence.


Look ahead to warmer spring days and plan your trips then. Long-persistent snow can keep you from heading to the hills for shed hunting; however, it also means deer make their way further down the mountains and into yards and human-inhabited areas, making shed hunting a bit easier. The first big melt in February, early March, once it has rained, can reveal previously hidden sheds and maybe a great time to go.

Reasons to Go Shed Hunting

There are many reasons why an outdoorsman hunts for shed antlers, including:

  • The hunt itself is enjoyable, and finding a fresh shed antler or two is rewarding.
  • The antlers make for great home and office decor.
  • One can gather a lot of valuable information about the mammals who shed their antlers, which can aid in next season’s hunting strategies and plan.
  • Shed antlers can be sold for economic gain. Many collectors, furniture and decor artisans and craftsmen, and health specialists are interested in buying the shed antlers you find.

Contact R & K Hunting Company 

Hunting for shed antlers is an exciting sport. It is a great way to spend your spring as you wait for your next hunting season and adventure with the experts at R & K Hunting Company.

Our knowledgeable and skilled professionals will give you a once in a lifetime Rocky Mountain hunting experience in Utah or Wyoming. Our expert guides have years of experience and insider tips and tricks that will leave you wanting to come back, season after season! Contact us to book your next hunting trip with R & K Hunting Company today.

3 Hunting Dog Breeds That Also Make Good Pets

For many hunters, having a pet that doubles as a hunting dog is ideal, but many don’t know the best hunting dog breeds.

It just so happens that many of the characteristics you wish to see in your family dog are also characteristics you want in a four-legged hunting buddy, such as loyalty, healthy, easily trainable, and obedient. Not only that, but they both tend to be good with people, young and old, and other animals. Dogs have been accompanying hunters for thousands and thousands of years to help their owners stalk and find their prey.

So, which breeds make the best family pets? Continue scrolling to find out.

Hunting Dog Breeds That Double as Good House Pets

Each of the following breeds can make for great family dogs. Here’s a closer look at three of the best-hunting dogs that double as good house pets

Retrievers — Golden, Labrador, and Chesapeake Bay retrievers are all great family and hunting dogs. Retrievers are intelligent and highly trainable animals. Their even-temperedness and eager-to-please disposition make them perfect for families with kids and hard workers on land and water. Because they generally have a low fear and low aggression temperament, retrievers are fantastic hunters and service dogs but don’t make for very good guard dogs.

Irish Setter — A dog that stands out for its beautiful, shiny red coat and its liveliness is the Irish Setter. It is a friendly and smart dog and loves to be part of a family. However, a family with small children may want to consider a different breed because of their high-energy disposition. A family with older kids may have better luck with Irish setters. Plenty of time, patience, energy, and attention must be given to this animal as they maintain their puppy-like temperament for a while. In addition to a great family dog, the Irish Setter was initially bred to crouch lower close to the bird so the hunter could toss a net over the animals to capture the prey, also known as “setting” the game. This pup is tireless, energetic, and loyal — a perfect combo for a hunting and family dog.

Weimaraner — Weimaraners, known for their unique grey color, are agile, obedient, and friendly. Because of their keen sense of smell, these pups are excellent bird hunters, especially quail, pheasant, and other upland birds. In addition to their tremendous hunting capabilities, Weimaraners make for great family dogs. They are great with older kids, love attention, and enjoy being a part of a crew.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

A good family pet that doubles as your hunting dog is the dream of many hunters.

Another dream of hunters everywhere is a Rocky Mountain hunting experience with R & K Hunting Company. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure in Utah and Wyoming you’ll never forget. Our skilled staff will do all the prep work for you, such as obtaining tags and handling the permitting and application processes. Call us to book your hunt today.

5 Reasons Every Hunter Should Use A Rangefinder

There are many helpful tools hunters can use on the mountainside during their hunt. Close to the top of that lengthy list is a rangefinder.

Rangefinders are one of the more valuable pieces of equipment that fit right inside your pocket or can wear around your neck. In addition to their compact design, they are lightweight and are easy to use.

If you’re unsure whether you should pack this device for your next hunt, let us tell you why every hunter needs to bring one along. Continue reading to learn more below.

  1. Eliminate Guesswork Entirely— The main feature of rangefinders that hunters are attracted to is to know the exact distance between your target and you. With a simple tap of a button, your device sends out a laser beam to your target, bounces off, and comes back. Throughout this process, the internal clock inside the finder accurately measures the distance. Without this helpful tool, you’re left to guess how far away your target is. It allows you to get a clean and precise shot, which prevents the chances of needing to track a hurt animal.
  2. Get Closer Without Scaring Away Your Prey — If you don’t know from experience, you probably have heard from a buddy that getting too close can ruin your chances of a successful hunt. With a simple snap of a twig or rustling of leaves, your trophy buck can hear you and take off running before you can get a good shot. But, with a finder, you can get a closer look without actually moving. Without fear of spooking your prey, they have a range of 600 to 1300 yards, based on the brand you purchase.
  3. Improve Your Skill — During your hunt, you won’t always have time to pull out your device if an unexpected buck walks into view. With frequent use of your finder and as time goes on, you’ll be able to improve your instincts and ability to estimate accurate distances.
  4. Replace Your Binoculars — High-quality and high-performance finders are very similar to binoculars. Plus, in addition to magnification, you get distance with a rangefinder. Moreover, some of the higher-end units available offer a wider field of vision, allowing you to see more than you could with binoculars. Leave the binoculars at home, and bring along your finder instead.
  5. Perfect Your Shot — With today’s technology, you can now determine whether you are on track to hit your target or something else standing in your way. Despite an accurate aim at the right distance, you could hit a tree branch or rock between you and your target. However, rangefinders can keep you on the right track and monitor your shot clearance.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Rangefinders are a great accessory to bring along every hunt. Make sure to pack yours on your next hunting trip with R & K Hunting Company. Enjoy a once-in-a-life-time Rocky Mountain hunting experience that is thrilling yet affordable. With years of experience, our knowledgeable guides will help your hunt be an exciting and successful adventure you’ll never forget. Contact our pros to book your next hunt in Utah or Wyoming today.

3 Insider Tips on Concealing Your Scent

Concealing your scent is one of the most important steps you can take during your hunt, but all too often, hunters for get to do it.

Your soap, cologne, or laundry detergent may smell good to you; however, how you smell can be a dead giveaway to your location when hunting. Even the faintest hint of these smells is enough to scare away a trophy buck and its friends. If you head to the mountains with your favorite perfume or cologne on, you may smell good to your loved ones, but you’ll likely be coming back empty-handed.

It doesn’t matter how little we think we “stink,” a deer can smell you coming from 300 or more yards away. Deer have an incredible sense of smell and use it to their advantage — their lives depend on it! If a deer senses a potential threat, it will run away before you can even see it.

So, how can you be invisible to their noses? Continue reading to find out more.

Use Baking Soda on Your Clothes

There’s no denying that your hunting clothing and gear get dirty, sweaty, and stinky and require washing. However, it’s important not to use your favorite laundry detergent to get your clothes looking (and smelling) like new. Instead, use baking soda or a fragrance-free/no-scent detergent to clean them and dry them on a drying rack or clothesline to avoid residual fragrance getting on your camo from prior loads.

Once your clothes are dry, you can add a layer in a plastic bag or your hunting pack. Between each layer, sprinkle some baking soda on your clothes to soak up any other lingering scents. To go the extra mile, leave an open box of baking soda inside the bag and then seal it up. For stinky boots, baking soda works well, too. Add a generous amount of baking soda to each boot and let sit until your next hunt.

Hold off Getting Dressed

It’s the morning of your hunt; the first thing you may want to do is get dressed in your hunting clothes. Sure, it may be convenient and a time-saver, but doing so can give your clothes time to soak in all the smells between now and hunting time. Think about it, your bacon and egg breakfast, the fuel pump, your car freshener, your hunting buddy right next to you — your clothes can soak up all of these smells before you’re even to the mountains.

So it is best to pack up your gear, still sealed up with the baking soda, and dress once you get to your destination. The extra five minutes this may cost you is worth it in the long run.

Mask, Then Attract

In addition to masking your scent, you can take an extra step and use a luring scent to attract the deer surrounding you. Luring scents are made to mimic the smells of the animal you’re after or to entice them by triggering a behavioral response. For example, the scents may be doe-in-estrus, urine, or tarsal gland scents, or the lure could be food-based that intrigue and excite big bucks.

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For more insider tips like concealing your scent, book your next hunting trip with R & K Hunting Company. Our skilled and knowledgeable guides have decades of experience and are ready to share their pro tips with you. For an unforgettable Rocky Mountain Adventure in Utah or Wyoming, book with our pros today.