Just throwing this out there. Could have been a topic earlier and if it is just disregard this one. I am curious how many of you hunters use various scents during hunting season. I personally begin using it from the start of the season and as the season goes on I tend to use more and more. Some say that using it too early is not a good thing and actually will discourage deer from coming to your stand. Just looking for opinions.
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Wed, 2006-09-13 13:59
Wed, 2006-09-13 17:46#1
Hi ! I'm in Pictou County, neighbour.
What scents are you talking about,there are so many.
I 've seen so many hunters hanging their hunting clothes in the camp, frying steak & onion in the same area, and then trying to mask the smells the next morning.
I leave my hunting clothes in the truck away from food odors,cigarette smoke, etc.
Seldom do I use scents but I have for many years
Wed, 2006-09-13 17:55#2
Well I guess I was just wondering if people use cover scents and scents such as doe in heat and lures of that kind. I just begun to use cover scents last year. Don't really know if they worked or not but didn't have any deer make me and take off before I saw them. I usually keep all my hunting clothes in one bag all year and keep the cover scents to them when I come home from the woods and before I hit the woods in the morning. I guess I was more interested in knowing if many people use lures to bring in the big guys, if they lay scent trails or if they just hunt naturally without using anything.
Thu, 2006-09-14 07:59#3
I can't see how a Buck Lure(doe scent) could be non-beneficial at any time, but as for cover scents using an Apple Scent is a heavy pine grove for example ,would be as bad as smokeing a cigar. The scent you choose should be "common to the area" in my opinion.
Thu, 2006-09-14 08:58#4
Remember when using a lure you don't have to use the whole bottle. That deers nose is very sensitive, a little goes a long way.
Hammer is right match the cover scent to your surroundings. I sometimes will rub against the cedars on the way to stand. Stuff really sticks to you and is as natural as you can get. Some places I around cattle I will make sure to step in as many cow pies as I can, even rub a dry pie on pants and sleeves. Wife really doesn't care for that one
Thu, 2006-09-14 09:05#5
Oh yeah, I agree with matching a scent to your surroundings. those deer are not stupid. They know when something isn't right. I usually make a mock scrape and put some lure in it at the first of the season and leave it until a buck tends to the scrape or makes another scrape right next to it. Then that is when the heat picks up and I begin to use more lure in more areas to get that buck pissed off and to try to get him to stay in the area. I know you shouldn't use too much but I usually use a few bottles a season, now not all in one spot I have a couple of locations but I am a big believer in the lures.
Thu, 2006-09-14 13:47#6
I prefer not to use any scents at all. Not discounting their effectiveness by any means i use them regularly trapping and have no doubt it makes a huge difference when done correctly.
theres where my hesitation comes in. i dont think i truely understand how to use deer scents correctly and I am not so sure anyone is really giving us the honest skinny on how when and where to use them. I know this more is not good with scents. In trapping I use very very small amounts of lure. To much and the set gets rolled on like a dog rolls on a dead animal. Or worse yet it gets avoided entirely. ithink deer scent introduced in the wrong amounts at the worng time nets similar response. they know it isnt natural and it throws up a big flag.
On the other hand I have seen bucks follow a drag line right under my stand. Done correctly i think scents can be a super plus. Im just not so sure what correctly is. So more often than not I go scenetless preferring to rely on my ability to read deer sign, predict movement, and stay hiden until I get a chance to ambush.
Thu, 2006-09-14 15:11#7
that is a very good point there hatracked. I believe people don't give their secrets to how and when to use them but I am a bekliever of trial and error. I know it may ruin a season hunt in one area but you will know for next year or the next spot. Now as for the scent trail, last year was thge first time I tried one and that is how I got my deer, layed a scent trail in the morning and in the afternoon the buck came walking right up it. It was a scent that said it would bring a buck in and it did, the only thing is it is very expensive and is only sold in one place in Canada so I have to order it in anyways, but man does it work. My brother used it also and as he was dragging it behind him a doe was following him with her nose to the ground. She seen him but was more interested in the scent. pretty amazing. I do believe though if you are in a place where the deer are living or are there a lot then leave the area the way it is. What is the good of putting apples out in a pine forests where no apples are present? Same goes for scent I think, too early and they will get discouraged, too late and well it may be too late.
Thu, 2006-09-14 18:34#8
What is the good of putting apples out in a pine forests where no apples are present?
That will work fine because the apples are there 24/7 and become "common" to the area Just start baiting 10-14 days prior to your hunt, and don't let the supply dry up.
It is when you are taking the scent in and out on your clothing and it is not common to the area that the difficulty ensues.
Tue, 2006-09-19 00:23#9
A HUNTING GUIDE TOLD ME TO USE WATER AND BAKING SODA TO COVER YOUR SENT THEY ARE THE MAINE INGREDIENTS IN MOST COVER SENTS. YOU CAN BOIL SEADER OR FIR BRANCHES AND THEN ADD THE BACKING SODA TO THAT WATER AND U HAVE YOUR HOMEMADE COVER SENT.