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Lure vs Scent

Appreciate it if someone could explain the difference between what a lure is and what a scent is?

I wasnt able to find much clarity on the subject from a simple internet search, so hoping somebody might be able to direct me to a game management website or reliable source for definitions.

Thanks

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Lure vs Scent

Well, I will give it a try. As I understand it, a lure is a food or sexual pheromone type product which attracts the animal. Scent is something to camoflage another scent, ie: cover scents such as skunk of fox urine to hide human odor. There is a lot of crossover in these products.

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Lure vs Scent

Old Professor,

Thanks.

Your definition also included "in-heat" products as a lure. Looking at a bottle of Tink's I see that that they call their stuff Doe-in-Rut Buck Lure, not scent.

Here is a link from another Scent/Lure Manufacturer with different definitions.

http://www.buckstopscents.com/content.asp?id=557

I read another little tidbit that gave me cause to think about my definitions. This person stated that if you were hunting an apple orchard and there were apples on the trees then apple scent would be considered a cover scent and not a lure, but if there were no apples on the trees then the scent becomes a lure because the smell makes promises of a food stuff that is no longer present.

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Lure vs Scent

Depending on where you hunt a scent or lure is the same thing and could be against the law for bears.

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Lure vs Scent
billythekidrock wrote:
Depending on where you hunt a scent or lure is the same thing and could be against the law for bears.

That is the reason for the question. Our Guidebook verbiage changed from no lure or scent to just no lure. I went and looked at the actual article though and it still states emphatically that neither lure or scent can be used.

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Location: West Virginia
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Scent or Lure

Think According to Webster, a scent is a distinctive odor, and a lure is anything that attracts or entices. So for example, fox urine is a scent, but not necessarily a lure. Cedar, pine and fresh earth are all sold as cover scents ,but are not lures for bears. Having said all this , you need to contact your state's Law Enforcement department to find out what they Shame on You! mean by scent or lure because Daniel Webster isn't around to defend you if a CO / GW gives you a ticket Cry .

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