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cow elk wafers

Anyone using those cow elk wafers?  I had one pinned to my backpack all week and man do they stink!! Funny thing was, I actually started liking the smell by the 2nd day.  Maybe I am becoming one of them!!

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They do smell!

I've done pretty much the exact same thing for my last couple of hunts, though I used all 3 wafers.  I've seen whitetails come in and check out scent wafers, but I'm usually moving too often for them to seem to be really effective on elk.

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Not sure what you're talking

Not sure what you're talking about, but it sounds like baiting. Not legal here.

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Just another form of scent

Still Hunter wrote:

Not sure what you're talking about, but it sounds like baiting. Not legal here.

I'm not thoroughly familiar w/ Colorado's laws, so I can't definitively say it isn't bating, but scent wafers are just that- little plastic discs w/ specific scents: sage, fresh pine, acorn, fresh earth, estrus doe/cow, etc.  I don't know if they're any more effective, but they are much more convenient than traditional liquid scents. 

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All ok, but the estrus cow.

All ok, but the estrus cow. I'm not positive, but my best guess.

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  Everything I have heard

 

Everything I have heard from other local hunters was not to use these wafers and save your money.

I have also read several forums from hunters saying not to use them.  Here are two links to a couple of forum threads...

http://forums.bowsite.com/TF/bgforums/thread.cfm?threadid=352982&messages=7&forum=5

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=310007&pagenumber=

I have not personally used them myself so I cannot speak out of experience.  Let's see what the other poster's have to say.  Maybe it will change my mind on using these wafers.

 

 

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  Also pretty darn funny that

 

Also pretty darn funny that you started to like or become accustomed to the smell of these! 

 

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I seem to be pretty close to

I seem to be pretty close to deer and elk with thw wafers on, maybe if I didn't have them on I would have had a shot, who knows.  As far as I am concerned they cover my human scent somewhat more than not having them.

I wash all myu clothes in scent free soap, keep them in a bag and change in the field.  I also spray down with scent killer before hunting. 

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I made the mistake of just

I made the mistake of just opening the container in my house for 10 seconds.  It stunk up my entire house for hours.  The smell would not go away!!!  I now have them stored in the container and inside a ziplock bag and can still smell it all over my pack.  I have to keep pack outside or my fiance will boot me and the bag out of the house.  Potent stuff!  

And don't get it on your hands!!!  It takes days to get it off even with hand soap!

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I have not used anything like

I have not used anything like that on elk, but I had to laugh when I read your post.  My Dad and I use Tink's 69 back east in Vermont, for whitetail hunting.  About one of the most disgusting things you'll smell.  Anyway, anytime we go out during the season, my Mom makes us take our outer clothes off outside, just in case any got on our clothing. She does not want it stinking up the house.... lol

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The wafers sound interesting

The wafers sound interesting but I have never tried them or very few others for that matter. I hunt with a rifle so rarely get as close to the animals as you guys hunting with a bow. Other than watching the wind and hunting accordingly I take no precautions at all. No cover scents, no scent block clothes or soaps. No worries about what other smells I might have on me at the time. Just watch the wind and go. It may not be the best plan but I don't feel it has hurt me much if at all really.

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