Deer Sex Based Lures
I will explain my first experience with sex based lures (doe-in-estrus lure) and maybe it will help you avoid your own possible future discomfort.
Back in 1976
I was on a weekend hunt in Llano, TX. There were four of us carpooling from
Houston to llano in a old 4wd Bronco. One of the guys had invited his 16 year
old son to hunt with us. The son who lived with his mother in Ft. Worth was to
meet us at the bus station in Austin on our way through. When he got off the bus
he was all decked out in a new Camo suit and had no other clothes with him. What
we did not know was he had a bottle of doe-in-estrus urine in his pocket.
The next day his dad gave him
a bow (we were archery hunting) and put him on a stand. When he got on the stand
apparently he reasoned that if a little of the liquid would do something good a
lot would do a lot of good. He also reasoned that he should put the liquid on
his clothes. Of course that morning there were no deer in his area that wanted
to pick a fight but it did rain. He got soaked and by 9:00AM it was raining so
hard that the Bronco owner started picking the hunters up.
Jamey was first and then
everybody else. By the time we got back to the campsite - which was just that,
no tent or building - the Bronco was steeping in the smell of stale deer urine.
Since he had no dry clothes we decided to go into Llano and try to find a public
laundry. We all put on clean dry clothes and after stripping off and wrapping
Jamey in a canvass all clothes were put in a single washer. Now the laundry was
unattended and there was only one little box of detergent in the dispenser.
After going through the washing machine the clothes were dried. After coming out
of the dryer all the clothes smelled like a Mr's Doe Pee factory. We put
everybody's clothes bur Jamey's in a plastic garbage bag.
Jamey's wet clothes had bled
into the Bronco seat and between his so-called clean clothes and the Bronco the rest of the trip was a
real experience. We were even asked to leave a cafe later that evening. This was
before the discovery of the PetZyme type deodorizers so his dads Bronco smelled
like spilled urine until the heat of the next summer drove it out. (I understand
his mother threw his clothes away when he got home.)
James is now a very
successful hunter now with a family interest in a Texas Hill Country Exotic Game
Ranch but his first day learning curve made a couple of us so sick we almost did
not go back hunting that season. Even then we made sure there was a camper or
camp house to change in.
Moral of the story a little
urine goes a long way. Experience since the above debacle has led me to believe
that gland and urine based scents can be a great asset to the hunter especially when
sex based lures in combination with food attractants
and plant based cover scents.
A small shovel can be used to move part of an existing scrape to some other
site as desired.
When the bucks are
creating scrapes and rubs the does in the area are in estrus. This means that
if you kill a doe at this time you can harvest the bladder contents for future
attractant use. To prepare for this acquire a clean, empty bottle or jar and a
large hypodermic syringe. The bottle is no problem but you might have to go to
a vet or feed and seed store that sells veterinary supplies to get the
syringe. As you field clean the doe you can use the syringe to extract the
urine from the bladder and put it in the bottle for future use, store in the
refrigerator. Freeze part of the “doe pee” for use next year also.
Do the same with the bucks
you take, except along with the contents of the bladder harvest the tarsal and
meta tarsal glands. Prior to storage trim as much material from around the
glands, slice them up with a knife and place in the buck urine container to
dissolve the musk from the musk glands. Caution do not mix the urine and musk
glands from different individuals. No sense in confusing your prey. After
giving the urine a few days in the refrigerator to absorb some of the musk remove the tarsal and
metatarsal glands. Double bag them in separate freezer bags and freeze them.
Save the urine in separate containers, label and quickly freeze for future use.
After freezing for long time storage the author
suggests putting the small containers in glass bottles or jars unless you have a dedicated refrigerator
freezer for this use. The reason should be obvious to anyone who has smelled
Prior to a
hunting trip prepare a couple of soft rag wicks by tying them to a short
length of cloths line cord or such. Make the line long enough to tie around
the ankles and have the cloth wick trail behind about a foot or so. Put a few
drops of doe urine on one wick and the buck musk gland urine solution from
above on the other. This will get the bucks trailing you so be sure the boots
are clean and rubbed with some natural attractant.
to the stand untie and remove the wicks at some distance. Leave them on the ground you don’t
want the deer looking up in the air for the source of the attractive fragrance. Prior to climbing the stand you might want to drag them on the ground
to a good
Urine from any animal native
to the hunting area can be harvested and used as cover scents. Fox, rabbit,
squirrel, raccoon and etc. all urinate on the trails which the deer travels so
they are natural and usually strong enough to confuse the deer's olfactory
when mixed with the hunter's especially if the hunter has followed the laundry and clothes storage methods
Happy hunting and if you have a successful,
pleasant or cautionary story about use of scents, lures and attractants you
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