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Location: Holly, Michigan
Joined: 11/19/2007
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Scent wicks and calling for whitetail

I am new to hunting this year and have fallen hard for my new love. I have been out 3 times since the gun opener here in Michigan, but have seen nothing. I did have a buck circle me for about an hour making rubs. He even made a rub about 30 yards behind my blind on a tree that I had been using to take a leek on all day!! Go figure. Anyways, It's been right around 30F on all my hunts. Does the estrus urine I'm using in my wicks freeze? How ofter should I re-dip them to keep the scent fresh and strong? Should I rinse out my wicks after each hunt to get the old urine out? And I also just bought an 8-in-1 call. It sounds nice for the grunts, but the estrus bleat sounds more like a party noise maker. Is it meant to sound like that? And when and how should I use my calls? I still have alot to learn about my new passion, but I am very willing and excited to learn. Plus, any more tips you might have for a new hunter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Location: Alabama
Joined: 10/30/2007
Posts: 8
Scent wicks and calling for whitetail

Scent wicks have cost me several trophies in Illinois and I have heard several similar horror stories out of the same area-- enough that I don't even use sex scents, much less wicks.

Hope the same doesn't happen to you.

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Location: Kingston, MI
Joined: 01/16/2007
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Scent wicks and calling for whitetail

The only time I use a call here in Michigan, is when I see a buck that I want to shoot and don't think there's any other way. I call this low impact hunting.

I only use 2 kinds of calls, which are a grunt tube and a doe bleat can call. I also rattle a little bit, but very sparingly.

I don't use scents, but try to be as scent free as possible.

If you know where they eat and bed, set up on a spot in between.

For hunting in the high-pressured state of Michigan, I suggest the books and DVD's by John Eberhart. It would've saved me a lot of time (years) had I read one of his books 20 years ago. You can find everything you need to know if you type in his name on you favorite search engine.

Now, all it will take is hard work and dedication.

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Location: Murray KY
Joined: 01/23/2008
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Scent wicks and calling for whitetail

The only scents I use is a cedar oil cover scent and the 69 doe in estrus. I don't use wicks. just take that #69 and put it on your boots on your way in and then freshen it every 60 yards or so. Cross any heavily used paths on your way in. this works best on scrapes 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the rut. It works on late season scrapes too. of course nothing is guarenteed. That's why we call it hunting and not grocery shopping. Just don't use the same bottle next year 'cause it'll go bad. In regards to calling. I've never had any luck with calls except the "Bleat in Heat". I much prefer rattling. I've rattled in several nice 8-points. I was a green horn then and was too greedy to take them(there was a bruiser on the property and I wanted that one. Of course I never didi see him.) If you can hunt a cold front and it starts snowing..GO!!! Dad has never failed to at least see a big buck during the rut on a snowy cold morning. Best of luck to you.

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Joined: 01/18/2008
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Scent wicks and calling for whitetail

Put some sent blocker clothing on spray the dere piss on your pants and be sneekee. the hell with waitin for deer thats boring. Spot and stalk or stalk and spot what ever works

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Location: Elliott County, Kentucky
Joined: 10/22/2007
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Scent wicks and calling for whitetail
king.460 wrote:
Scent wicks have cost me several trophies in Illinois and I have heard several similar horror stories out of the same area-- enough that I don't even use sex scents, much less wicks.

Hope the same doesn't happen to you.

I agree with this guy. I always just use cover scent pretty heavily and try not to bring any unnatural scents into my hunting spots. of course if a man got take a leek he just has to but thats why I said I try not to. As to calling I like to use a grunt call if I have a good looking buck in sight but not in range. I have had alot of success with this method in KY hope it works for you to.

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