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Any homemade deer lure and cover scents

Please give up some of your secrets of making homemade deer lure scents and cover scents. One of my buddies told me that deer love vanilla and one of his friend uses it. Haven't tried it but will if the feed back from this forum is good. So ask some of the old timers that you know What is their secrets and pass it on for us to enjoy. Thumbs up

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My suggestion would be to become as scent free as possible (use sportwash or similar scent free clothes and body soap) and set up on the down wind side of good deer sign (tracks, droppings, rubs,ect) you want your scent (you can never get rid of all your scent) to blow away from where you think you will see the deer. Some deer lures and scents do work but now that deer season is in full swing its much harder to trick a deers nose and make him come in. Your best bet right now is to be where they already want to go.

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I got a question ,since ya mentioned wind.If idealy you want the wind to blow from the deer to you A.K.A wind in your face you want the deer coming in from the front of you right?......so how is that buck supposed to smell any of the deer lure you put out?

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"Some deer lures and scents do work but now that deer season is in full swing its much harder to trick a deers nose and make him come in. Your best bet right now is to be where they already want to go."

I think at this stage of the season. The less smell the better. That includes using lures and scents. A tarsel gland tied to my boot just in case the wind shifts after he's already there is all I use from this point in the season on. It will make him hesitate (not attract him) long enough to possibly get the shot off. Hope this helps. I can usually get a tarsel gland or 2 from my butcher if I didn't already get a buck.

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I'm not talk'n rifle,What about in bow season?

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I have no idea if deer like vanilla or not but if you introduce any scent to an area that has not been around for awhile(at least a week or two) it will alert the deer to your presents much like if you were two miles back in the bush and smell a BBQ Not common at all to the area, Apple smell suddenly appearing in the middle of a Cedar swamp, the same thing.
All scents move according to the wind/breeze. Even the human nose can detect the aforementioned BBQ a half mile away in the right conditions but if the wind is blowing away, you could walk around the corner of the house and see it before you smell it.
Deer moving about on active farms and especially active forest harvesting operations would be more cautious with the absense of human scent and the buzz of power saws than the other way aound, in my old,most humble opinion.
A few drops,two maybe three, of lure is more than enough and in itself should act as a cover scent, but you cannot totally mask your scent, ask any good Police Service Dog

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OK....If I want the deer to smell the scent I like to put out 2 scent holders (either wicks, boot pads, cotton in a film canister, ect...) about 20 yds down wind and 20 yds apart from each other and get up in a tree stand (to lessen the amount of human scent). I also like to use a scent drag. I keep it in a zip lock bag full of tinks 69 until I get about 100 yds from my spot, take it out, tie the string that I have attached to it around my foot and drag it into the area, then hang it like previously mentioned. The deer usually will come in from down wind and stop where they think they should be able to see what they are smelling. Depending on how much cover you have will determine how far away from the scent that they stop. I hunt in pretty thick areas and the deer will get pretty close to the scent before deciding that they should be seeing what they are smelling.
unclebuck.....care to share your thoughts? Seems you might have something to share on the subject.

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I think during the rut a smart buck will 1/4 into the wind,thier nose can cover more ground when looking for some ass.All I'm saying is the wind only blows in one direction at a time, so if he's smell'n lure and you've not done your homework on your scent controll he's also smell'n you.As far as laying down a scent trail , I think if you start it on the way to your stand it is alot stronger at the start then when you reach your stand,So if the buck comes across where you drug your dragrag he's prob gunna go follow it in the stronger direction witch is going away from you.Just some food for thought ,I'm no expert on anything and I don't have any jumper cables,So I'm not look'n to start anything.

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YO 777, didn't ya say you where in canadesis , I'm going to be in mountain home hunting tommorow mourning w/some friends,got one doe tag left ,want to shoot a big doe,same amount of work twice the meat!

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For cover scents I like to use whatever smells are in the woods I am hunting. I will get some leaves, sticks, ete. from the wood I am hunting a put them in with the clothes that I hunt with. I have heard of people boiling leaves and things from there surroundings and using it as a spray. Just try to get your body as scent free as possible and use the things around you. I use scent free detergent on my clothes and after a day or two in a plastic bag with the leaves and sticks from the woods they smell very similar. I agree with the earlier post about foreign smells. If you spray down with a cover scent and it is not a smell that is around you then you are a sitting duck. You may want to wait and put on your hunting clothes when you get to the woods also. You have many foreign smells in your house and vehicle.

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I know thanks.

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