Making sense of scent…

Bird scent – I can’t see and I can’t smell it. But when it comes to upland hunting with girl, it’s important that I understand how works. With that in mind, I’ve been trying to learn more about how scent works and how weather affects it. This recent post from Steady with Style does a good job of summing things up.

“Bird dogs use the wind to hunt and find birds. Hunters use the wind to determine the best approach to birdy objectives, and dog trainers like us use it to help our dogs navigate a variety of bird set-ups. Basically, there are four wind situations: upwind, downwind, crosswind, and no wind…”

Read the entire post on Martha Greenlee’s excellent “Steady with Style” blog.

Here’s a short video of a GSP working the scent on a running pheasant:

Here’s a cool look at a search-and-rescue dogs working a “scent cone” to locate its handler:

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2 thoughts on “Making sense of scent…

  1. Maybe the most mysterious part of the whole bird hunting equation. It’s kinda like electricity in that you can’t see it but you can see everything it does. I’ve made mental notes for years about good scenting conditions and bad scenting conditions, the limits of scenting under certain conditions, etc. Every time I think I know what’s going to happen I end up learning something new.

    Electricity on the other hand is pretty darn predictable.

  2. Yeah – I wish they made “Scent Goggles” that I could put on and see the bird’s scent. Sure would help explain things.

    As it is, scent remains one of the things that keep this sport mysterious and interesting (or frustrating, if you’re less positive).


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