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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Several years when I was not even seeing deer I bought lure / scent and scored within a day or so. Small bucks. I still was never positive the scent made the difference. When I hunted in Southern and Central Minnesota I used fox urine as a cover scent. It worked and I even watched at least one young deer follow my scent trail. Now that I live and hunt in Northern Minnesota, fox urine alarms deer. I assume because of the wolves being major deer predators. An interesting side note, I have watched deer in my yard become terrified at the sight of a house cat. My dog may get an occasional glance but a cat scatters the deer right away.

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Essence of Fall (http://www.naturesessence.net) is the only scent on the market of ANY kind that I can fully endorse as being effective. I use it as a cover scent and over the years witnessed many whitetails using my entrance trail to my stand without alarm. I use it in Alabama and Illinois with same results so it isn't territorial.
Stuff works...

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Once again, deer close, and no scent whatsoever.

Had a doe come right under me this evening, and continue up the path behind me. Then, as it was getting borderline dark, I saw 2 very large deer off to my right(no more than 40 yards), and thought they were coming across in front of me. Then they veered off to their right. Don't know what they were, but none of the deer had a clue that I was there. Looks like with all the does that are feeding on this ridge, a nice buck would come along. After all, they are rutting pretty hard in this area. Vehicles are really hitting alot of them. It's been fun watching all these deer, but I'm about ready to see that big buck...................

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Used a buck decoy this weekend. Normally I would use some bottle of stink to help with the realism. Most of the time whenever a deer got down wind of it they would head the opposite direction. This year I had a tarsal gland from a buddies deer and put it under the decoy. BIG difference. Had 6 bucks come it to it over the whole weekend and ALL of them circled the decoy at very close range and not one deer spooked. Had one buck get aggressive and flattened it.

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Laugh Laugh Laugh funny as all gitouts to watch them hook horns on a decoy aint it red!! Seen it more times than I care to count. Dropped one big boy a few years ago while he was tangeling with my decoy.. I was laughing so damn hard I couldnt believe I nailed him Laugh Laugh Tarsal Glands are about the best thing you can use just prior to time when they are already hooking up with does and sometimes even then. Its kinda according to the buck/doe ratio in my experiance. If its a good ratio and the bucks are having to really fight to mate then the tarsal gland is like a magical amulet!! But if you have a 12 or 15 to 1 ratio then its not going to work as well.

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

Redrider, I'll bet you had a fun time watching all of that action. I have been wanting to do a little more morning hunting, but cannot seem to get out there. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the morning cold goes right through me. Years ago, i'd never let a pretty morning go by without being out there. The one morning that I have hunted this year was the morning that I saw 2 smaller bucks. Man, General Firearm season is almost here, and the dog hunters will have everything RUINED in a week or so.

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

It was a fun time! My buddy was hunting in the same area but did not see the action but could hear it. He said it sounded like somebody was tearing down a house lol His first thought was I fell out of the tree.
After last years almost non existent rut activity, it's great to see so much action this year. Your classical deer rut activity this year and I LOVE it Thumbs up

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Sometimes I wonder if scents drive the deer away.

The Buck Bomb...I have had about a 50% success rate while using this.
The doe in heat seems to work best for me. great cover scent
took my best 8 pointer in early December 2006 while using this.

Not sure if it was the scent, he came in w/a doe.

But I would definitely try it out. Thumbs up

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I agree with Red Neck

Buck Bomb doesn't seem to attract or repel deer in my humble opinion and limited experience. 

I spray buck lure (Doe in Heat) on my boot soles when I walk to my stand and spray the rest of my clothes with scent eliminator.  I also use the scent free laundry soap for my hunting clothes and store them in a rubber maid tub as posted above.  I also avoid scented soaps and deoderants for the last shower before hunting. 

I have tried the dirt cover scent and the wafers and saw no deer when I used either one - so I quit using them and went back to what seems to work.

I have seen bucks walk over a spot where I urinated hours before without so much as sniffing at it - and my brother in law shot his first buck with his pants down while taking a dump.... lol

so maybe scent control really is all a bunch of marketing hooey! Confused

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I know this blog was started 4 years ago but I just found it and as all hunters do - offer my opinion on the subject.  I do not believe that scent blockers or scents in general do the job perfectly - meaning you never eliminate your human scent.  The detergent and body soaps are okay and help but are not the entire solution.  I started something this year that I had found on this web site under the hunter tips link.  Arrowflipper has provided the best scent control solution I think I have ever used - as well as using the wind to my advantage.  Here is the link - http://www.biggamehunt.net/tips/make-your-own-cover-scent

A very simple formula of gathering the normally found brush, grass, leaves, sagebrush, dirt, etc... within the area you hunt and soak for two weeks in a cheap rubbing alcohol in a sealed container.  After two weeks or so strain out the debris and use the water solution within a spray bottle to apply to you and your clothing.  I think this is natural and works the best - plus using the wind direction to your advantage.  Very simple and very cheap.

 

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