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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

I've hunted all my life, and killed alot of deer. However, it seems that my best hunts involved no deer scents, or cover scents. I know that 10 hunters will have 10 opinions, but that's normal. THIS YEAR, so far, has been a little windy every day that I've hunted. Saturday morning could have been productive, but I passed up a couple. My problem has been being at a dissadvantage with the wind, and getting snorted at, blowing my cover(in the evenings). The wind has been shifty, and swirling. Could have popped a doe this evening, before she started blowing. I had a little "love potion #9", which seems to do more harm than good, every time I have used it. I threw that away tonight. What's a good cover scent, in your opinion, in case I decide to try another brand?

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

iv had it work once in the 15 years iv been hunting i has a rag tucked in the back of my boot will doe in heat on le end and walked to my stand in the morring and had a fork horn grunting up the path towards me i was young but here he came nose to the ground he cot about 10 feet from me then look up i dont know who was more scared

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

The only thing in this "department" that I have had good luck with is cutting the tarsal gland off a FRESHLY killed buck, and placing it out from my stand. Even then, they're only good for a day or two. I remember when Tink's 69 was the "stuff", and I can say that it never worked for me. I think that alot of these "lures" are designed to catch the hunters, and not the deer. Kinda like fishing lures and gadgets. Now, this may sound TOTALLY CRAZY, BUT i HAVE WONDERED, ON SEVERAL OCCAISIONS, if deer don't have a keen interest in the smell of BOURBON. Crazy, yeah........but.............

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

I've always wondered about scents also. I've had deer come in and as soon as they hit the stink they definitely change their behavior. Never have had any luck with lures. This year is the first year I have hunted without them and have seen plenty of deer. Like you I have had some luck with tarsal glands and doe and buck urine from deer that I have killed in the past. Must be fresh though. It does help to put them in the freezer, but use them as soon as possible and don't carry them over to the next season.
My hunting buddy uses lures all the time and everywhere. He uses ungodly amounts of this stuff. He also has one bow kill to date after about 9 years of archery hunting Think

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

A couple years ago I was hunting around alot of oaks and tried those acorn wafers. I swear, squirrels were jumping out of trees to come visit me. Total nightmare! Laugh

I have used Fall Blend by Scent Shield for two years now. It hasn't lost it's scent yet. As a matter a fact, I believe it is getting stronger. Anyways, I've gotten real close to deer using this. Then again it has always been does that I get real close to, so I have a feeling they knew I couldn't shoot'em. lol

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of scents, lures or gadgets. Some guys swear by them, but they simply haven't been effective enough for me to spend my hard earned dollars.

I would much rather have the deer go about their normal every day routine and bushwhack them in the process.

If you don't want a deer to smell you, then just use the wind to your advantage.

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

I think all of it depends on how you use the scents. I have seen some success with scents when they were used at the right time and in the right place, and I've also seen scents used really ineffectively. You have to know your area intimately to use these kind of strategies, which is one luxury many hunters are not able to obtain. You can't just lay scent down anywhere and expect a big buck to come running from miles away to drool over it.

I've found that food scents are usually more effective than estrus. I use apple cider (which is kept hot in a thermos for my own benefit). This seems to attract about as many curious deer as any good estrus scent, and it helps keep the hunter warm.

Check out Peter Fidducia's information on this stuff at http://www.deerdoctor.com, or in his book "Whitetail Strategies." There's a wealth of information, especially in the book.

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Thing about using "food" scents as an attractant to remember is that you need to use a scent that is NATURAL to the area. If you are in a white oak area then you need to use a good acorn scent. If you used an apple scent and there isnt an apple tree within 10 miles then you will more than likely scare a well experienced buck into the next county. Same thing with "sex" scents. If its not time, using an estrus scent will not attract a big boy but will chase him away. Pre-rut, use just a doe pee or deer in a bottle scent. Its more of a relaxer scent than an attractant. It will make a buck feel more comfortable smelling other deer in the area. If its fighting time (scrapes and rubs are becoming evident) then a good buck scent (tarsal glands) works great. When you start seeing bucks chasing does really hard is the time for a hot doe lure

Every scent has its place and use. Cover scents are a waste of money. Deer just need 1 billionth per part to identify. If you put on some say, fox pee, then what a deer smells is that a fox pee'd on a human's foot. Same thing with these elcheapo urine bottles like tinks and such. What a big boy is gonna smell with those is 50 deer all mixed in together and run for cover. Now the stupid younger bucks are probably going to respond to these yes as they are like humans, young=dumb. Those bucks didnt get big and old by being completely stupid. The better more expencive ones with the guarentee from one deer only are your better ones to use for a big boy IF USED WHEN YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO!!

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Well, I've made my point about the opinions deal. No doubt, good posts from each of you. And, as I've said....I'm no "newbie" to killing deer, and have taken some nice ones in the last 35 years or so. But, every day seems to be a little different, and if you have an inconsistent wind, or swirling wind, your cover is subject to be blown at any time. It's hard to use the wind to your advantage when it's constantly changing. I only hunt oak woods(at present), and the acorn crop is not near as good as I've seen, so deer will soon be having to venture out more. That's when your "road hunters" will be riding around, shooting them from vehicles. I hope to have my deer before all of this crap starts. It's been tough, so far though. Think I'll go sit on my swamp this evening, for a change....

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Not a good acorn crop here this year. We had a hard freeze in the spring that really affected all the fruit trees and nut bearers. Did you guys have that late freeze also? I've been seeing most of the deer feeding in open pastures and clear cuts this year. Usually have more deer in the harvested fields pickin' up the leftovers, but they seem to be more interested in the browse in the open areas.

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No scent today, and plenty of deer under me!

As for the acorns, yes, we had some late frosts this past spring. And here in Va, we had the worst drought this summer that you can imagine. I'm surprised anybody has any nuts left(joke). Got off work this afternoon, rushed home, started a fire in the heater, let the dog out, took a good shot of bourbon, got on the golf cart, and headed to the woods. Got on one of my stands that is on a mature oak ridge, that tapers down to the swamp. I watched a big gang of turkeys fly up to roost. Then, 5 does came up the path on the ridge, and at the same time, the largest coon I've ever seen walked up to one of the does, and "bristled up". It was funny to watch. Then the coon proceeded down to the swamp, and the deer came all around and under my stand. I was hoping that a buck would be following them, but it didn't happen. The deer went on away, behind me, where they probably did get up with a buck. Anyway, no wind was blowing, and those deer didn't have a clue that I was there. And I'm only about 15' off the ground. It was alot of fun watching all the wildlife.

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