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Worthington and he is an excellent archer. We both have numerous titles to our names and know what it takes to get
close to huge whitetails. Bobby has wrote a book to help any archer or gun hunter that wants to know how to get close
to these big whitetails, and how to properly set up your archery equipment. This is a must have book published by North
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Using Scents and Attractants for early season Deer.
By Stan Swanson
To understand scents and attractants we must first understand what they are. Over many years of making deer
attractants I’ve found that we use different words to describe the same thing. I sometimes do the same and inter mix
words when I talk to people about our products. But here is how I define a few words when talking about deer lures.
First is the word SCENT. My definition of scent is that it comes from an animal (urine, glands etc.). 2nd would be
ATTRACTANT. My definition is a smell that would entice with a sense of pleasure such as food. 3rd would be LURE. My
definition is any scent or attractant that will bring them to the set. Yes I’m and old time trapper also, and the set was
made so that the animal would place is foot exactly where I wanted them to step. 4th is curiosity and is something they
don’t smell everyday. And 5th COVER scent. Any odor other than our own human scent.
I consider all the above to be a type of cover scent as it lends a deer’s attention to that odor and not ours. Most cover
scents are made to smell like earth, trees, etc. So any scent or attractant can also be used as a cover scent as I see it. I
will not use any type of cover scent on my body or clothing when hunting. I only use a scent eliminator without any smell
Deer hunters should know that there is not a deer lure made that will work 100% of the time. Some hunters think that
you can just pour a bottle of scent out anywhere on the ground and deer will come. Wrong! You have to know where the
deer are and their habits to utilize your lures to there best drawing ability. When used properly, in the right location and
the right time of year you will increase your chances of bringing a deer to your stand.
Our goal as deer hunters is to get the deer to walk to where we would like to get a good shot at it. So how do we go
about doing this and what do we use for early season deer hunting? When setting up over a trail or spot that you think
deer will pass, you want to be on the down wind side of the trail. I like to have a shot of about 20 yards from the trail.
Note: this for early season, during the Pre-Rut and Rut when the big boys are doing allot of scent checking, I place my
stand about 40 yards from the trail. This gives room for the big boys to circle the down wind side of the trail for that Doe
in Estrus Scent. If you want to use your stand in the same place all year then place your scent 20 yards on the other
side of the trail.
For now though we are in the early season and deer are using trails and making rubs so I place my scents and
attractants about 20 yards from my stand. Food and curiosity attractants work well this time of year. Food attractants
used, should be common to the area you are hunting, you wouldn’t want to use sweet corn where no corn is found. I
have found that food attractants work best from early afternoon until darkness has you heading for your vehicle. Deer
have been feeding all night long and heading back to bed down in the mornings, so they are not really interested in
food. I use a curiosity attractant such as our MO~NILLA or L.C. BERRY early in the mornings as they work allot better
than our food lures early in the morning. The scents I use are Doe Whiz or Y-Buck Whiz to drag to my stand and then
along the trail where I’d like to take my deer. I place some of my curiosity scent at the place I want to take my shot. I
never place Scents or Attractants more than 2 feet off the ground.
I don’t know where or how it got started, but it seems to me that all the TV PROS and magazine writers haven’t been in
the woods long enough to really observe or study deer.
So popular belief is that the higher you place your lure off the ground the farther the scent will carry. I say HOGWASH,
the only thing placing your lure high is going to do is make the deer look up a whole lot more than by keeping it close to
the ground. The more a deer looks up scent checking, the better chance it has of spotting you in your tree stand. You
might get by with it on younger deer but your chances of being picked off by and older deer are great.
The same holds true with putting mother earth, acorn wafers etc. on your hunting clothes. How many times have you
seen the so called Pro up in his tree stand with scent wafers hanging from his hat or pinned on his shoulder, get busted
because the deer picked the hunter off. The camo might have helped to hide him but the deer knew something wasn’t
right. Please, Please use a no scent spray on your clothing and give yourself a better chance of getting Mr. Wallhanger
if he should show himself.
There are times when I make a 20 yard circle around my stand with Doe Whiz in case the wind shifts, but by doing this
you must be very keen to having deer come in from any direction. When I’m hunting Trophy Deer I don’t use this tactic,
its just way to risky.
If you are like many hunters and try to get in a couple hours of hunting after work and you are worried about how you
smell. Spray your clothes with non scented spray and if you have some other spray like mother earth or whatever, spray
it on the ground about 10 yards from your stand.
Deer are wild animals and you can’t always tell what they will do and how they might react to scents and attractants etc. I
really do spend over 300 days a year in the woods testing, studying, photographing, and hunting-(during season) the
great Whitetail Deer.
Also one last note about Doe Whiz and Buck whiz. A doe will not always check the scent of a buck and a buck will not
always check the scent of a doe. But a buck will check the scent of another buck scent most of the time to see who the
new kid in the block is, and during the rut a buck wants to know who the intruder is.
I developed our Trophy Blend to aid in the better chance to bag a buck during the pre-rut and the rut. I believe it to be
better than estrus by itself and feed back from others has been great. Visit our website often for more info and to just
say hello at http://highnoondeerscents.com also known by many as http://swansnestbotanicals.com We also love to see
your pictures and like to know what you were using to bag your deer. My wife and I love to see others having success
and fun and hope that we have helped in some small way.
|Deer scents and big bucks
By: Stan Swanson
Deer rely on their senses to survive. Deer gather sound with their big ears, they have large spread eyes to detect
movement and to also see well at night. The nose is the hardest sense to beat, and the major one that we as hunters
try to avoid or trick. The other sense we try to trick are the eyes, which leads us to our camo wardrobe.
Deer have a glandular system through which they communicate with. The glands are located on different parts of the
deer’s anatomy. Mainly in the feet, hocks, eyes, and top of the head, these glands emit pheromones. The glands in the
feet can release scent to warn other deer of danger. Pheromones near the eyes and the top of the head are used to
rub trees and branches (mostly done by bucks in pre- rut and rut) to establish the area as HIS TERRITORY!
Hormones play a large part in our quest for deer. Most hunters love to hunt during the rutting period, for bucks get a
little bit stupid, or should I say susceptible to getting shot. It is a time when most hunters have the greatest chance of
scoring on a big buck. The period after the velvet is rubbed off is the time that bucks are ready to do their breeding. As
daylight decreases, bucks become more territorial. When velvet is gone I use buck in rut urine to make mock scrapes.
And when I find where they are making scrapes, I’ll sometimes put a drip bottle over their scrape and hunt that area.
During the pre-rut bucks make scrapes by pawing the ground clear of leaves, grass, etc. usually near a tree that has an
overhanging branch where they can rub the scent from their eye area and the top of their head onto the branch. Once
the ground has been cleared, a buck will leave his scent by what is called rub-urination. He stands in the scrape, puts
his back legs together and urinates down his legs so that the urine runs over his hocks and down to the ground. This is
the way in which he gets the pheromones from his hocks to the ground. Should another buck whiz in his scrape, look
out, the temper is going to explode and a fight is forthcoming.
As estrogen levels rise in a doe the chase phase begins. Does will begin to get black colored hocks from secretions
emitted from the tarsal gland where urine has been running over them. This action is usually done in the first half hour
after a doe rises from her bed. It is done in front of other deer as a show of status in the hierarchy structure. When a
doe has been bred she will lick her hocks until they are white again.
Ok enough details, lets get down to what I’ve found out over the years of using urines to get some buck antlers worth
hanging on the wall. Most hunters and so-called PRO’S use doe urines too much. Buck urine has been underutilized
by most. I believe it’s because it’s what we’re told about on TV and in the magazines. They teach that using doe urine
on drags to get us to our stands is what they use. And then during the rut we should be using doe in rut scent.
I can tell you what I do and why my method has worked for me. I use buck urine all season long and I work just a little bit
different than most. When using a drag to get to my stand I use buck urine. I start from the truck with coon pee. After
100 yards or so, I switch to buck urine to get me to my tree stand. I do this so that if a buck should start following the
trail the wrong way when he hits the coon scent he’ll turn back and head in the right direction. At 20 yards from my
stand I start squirting drops of doe pee around my tree.
Seems like allot of work and trouble doesn’t it? It doesn’t take long for Trophy size bucks to become nocturnal. And if
you live in an area that has allot of hunting going on, it only takes 1 or 2 weeks for them to go into the night time travel
mode. To much pre-season scouting can put bucks into nocturnal mode too. You need every advantage you can get
and it does take extra effort to do things right.
The reason for using buck urine is simple, (but don’t tell the PROS!). During the early season when bucks are still in
bachelor groups they don’t pay much attention to does. But they will investigate any new buck in the area that they don’t
know to determine its age and dominance. If you use buck in rut urine to early in the season though, it will tend to scare
smaller bucks off. So early in the season just use young buck urine. As the season progresses I switch to Buck in Rut
urine. Then I sprinkle Doe Estrus around the area to simulate a buck tending a doe. I often use our Wild Berry scent at
the place I want to take my shot. I have many customers say that the deer have stuck their nose right in it. I have seen
this many times and have also had deer steal my wicks and chew on them. This method has worked time after time for
me. I hope it will give you a different approach and better chance of bagging a nice Buck this year.