Hunting Scents Deer Lures and Attractants and Covers
On my first
time out hunting deer as a kid back in South East Arkansas it was a foggy morning
that I slipped from the trail and hid in a stand of brush. I had no sooner
gotten still and the fog started to lift. As the fog lifted I saw three does walking
toward me and I did not move a muscle (except for my heart). When the lead doe got
to within about 30ft of me
she must have picked up my scent. She stopped stomped her front feet turned to
look me in the eyes and snorted, the poof they were all gone. I could tell she had
seen me. Since that time I have not gone hunting without being in clean
clothes and using some kind of cover scent.
I started by using a skunk scent that was
packaged in a bottle and sealed inside a tin can full of newspaper. As soon as
the can opener pierced the can you could smell it. I never even had to open a
bottle bottle because the news paper packing smelled so strong of skunk
musk. After a hunt I always left the bottle
in the woods because there was no way to seal it back up and keep it.
scent did a good job for me of confusing deer for about five years. I never
again had a deer smell me while using it. About that time
some chemist came up with a two part system that was packaged in two bottles
which individually had no scent. You just just put a couple of drops from each bottle
on a stone or stump in a semicircle on the down wind side of the stand and the
combination would start generating the skunk smell. I decided to never carry
both bottles in the same pocket.
I later graduated to other concoctions but still have
never gone hunting without at least one cover scent and one food attractant
scent and most of the time I take a homemade buck lure that gets their ire up
instantly. Even if hunting in a tree or tripod stand well above the ground I use
cover, food and/or sex based scents near the stand.
- I believe that controlling human scent is the most important component of the equation. There are unscented cleaning
products for sale on the market that are more expensive than those that you can
make yourself which are just as effective. In fact you may
have many of them in your house now.
Some bad experiences with factory prepared retail
scents led me to making my own fresh food scents and cover and/or attractant
scents. Most of the food scents I make come from
food sources available in the area I am going to hunt. The same goes for the
sex based buck lures, I harvest the components myself and
am assured of quality and freshness. Fresh
Why worry about body scents. How many times, when you were
in the woods, can you remember that the first and last part of a deer you saw was
the white of their tail getting smaller then disappearing? Deer have thousands of times
as many scent sensing cells and nerve endings in their noses than humans. This
is why they have long nasal passages, eons ago the animals with the most scent
cells survived longer to reproduce. The short nosed animals died out unless they had some
other advanced ability to protect themselves such as hands and feet to climb
trees or use tools and weapons.
To control the human scent
situation there are six phases to consider:
Getting clothes and boots
human scent free
before the hunt.
Getting equipment foreign scent free
Once everything is cleaned and prepared
is the next problem to solve.
Day of the Hunt
It is usually harder to
stay scent free
during the hunt than getting that way.
Cover lures and attractants
help keep the game's noses confused.
At certain times during the season
lures will work to hide any light odors which escape and help bring the bucks in looking for a fight or amour.
Be a safe hunter first and enjoy the sport longer.