You started hunting to save money on meat.
But with the 400 FPS compound bow to purchase, with composite carbon and space age alloy arrows, tipped with heat seeking broadheads, suddenly the savings on meat begins to lessen.
Here are a few places to cut back on the latest hunting fad gear, so you can spend more on guided trips out west.
Scent Control Needs Spent Control
Buying special clothing that reduces odor, sprays that supposedly eliminate microbes that cause odor, and machines that mask ozone can add up real fast.
There are a few simple ways to cut back on our scent without breaking the bank.
Instead of using special brand name scent elimination clothing detergent, spay and soap, try to wash your clothes with baking soda, and put a little extra baking soda in a sock with you, to dab on when needed. (the baking soda filled sock doubles as a good wind checker too!)
Leave hunting clothing outside hanging in a pine tree when not using them, and place some pine needles in your clothing bag when your traveling with them.
These techniques will save you money, and still mask your scent effectively.
Blinds and Tree Stands
The first step to saving money with blinds and treestands is to think mobile. If you buy one climber, it may save you lots on many stands that can’t move.
I have found a good summit climber to be worth its weight in gold, being both comfortable, secure and portable. One good climber stand can still allow you to hunt many places.
Another great way to save money on stands and blinds is to make natural blinds. Brush blinds can be put together with leaves, branches and zip ties.
Add a little camo burlap, and they become just as good at concealing you as a 200$ popup blind. I have had lots of deer walk by me when sitting in brush blinds. If you want elevation, find a rocky ridge over a funnel and use camo burlap to create an elevated hunting spot without spending $150 on a treestand.
“One good climber stand can still allow you to hunt many places.”
Camo Makes Money Disappear Too…
Buying the latest name brand camo clothing can make you go broke real fast. Big box stores often stock generic camo clothes, for a lot less. Remember, deer don’t see very well, so wearing an expensive camo pattern may only make your money disappear, not you.
Find a light weight generic camo shirt and pair of pants, and wear your warmer clothing (that your already own) underneath.
“Remember, deer don’t see very well, so wearing an expensive camo pattern may only make your money disappear, not you.”
Can You Make These Cuts and Still Kill Deer?
My first hunting season I had Walmart brand camo, no treestand or ground blind, and didn’t use scent elimination. I shot my first doe from the ground, hiding behind a rock, wearing $30 of camo. And she fed us for months.
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