I always try to set up with the wind in mind, but during the rut it seems that the deer just don't stay to established trails and can show up anywhere. Other than scent control and management is there anything else you do?
That's a tough one. I actually don't worry about scent control too much, instead focusing almost entirely on being downwind. Maybe try a doe decoy, if you are hunting the rut. That would keep the buck focused on something else, and maybe draw him into shooting range.
The decoy is a good idea. i saw an inflatable one on tv and thought that might be the way to go with decoys. Most are bulky and a built awkward to carry too far so I ahvent used one yet. I'll have to look at the inflatable ones and see if they are realistic enough to use in the field.
Got a tip on using deer urine as a cover scent. Placing it around the stand to keep your scent down and relax the deer. I haven't tried it yet, but will tomorrow. Let hope it works.
Very true, playing the wind in the rut can be tricky. However, I have the most success setting up in pinch points with terrain changes. This could be a steep ridge on one side, a creek, swamp, or river, open AG field, road, or whatever. The best you can do is minimize the chance of being upwind of deer. I moved all 9 of my treestands this year to locations like this that would put open AG fields to the downwind side of me with woods or brushy trails upwind of me. More often than not, the deer were on the upwind side of me in the thick stuff vs. downwind of me in the open AG fields. However, I also think that bucks really could care less in the rut. I can't tell you how many stupid things I've seen them do that you couldn't get away with any other time of the year.
I was think'n same thing cScott,when they have that aroma in their nostril's they could care less bout anything else...When rut kick's in I go to where i no i'll see doe's...Wish Fla was like Ga on doe's,hate to kill a doe before rut...
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...