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What kind of scents should I buy for deer hunting this fall. (shotgun) I will be sitting in my stand. There are a many does and a couple bucks out there. What kind should I get and where should I put it? Around my stand? Away? On me? Thanks

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Bathe yourself in doe in heat scent. LOL.. actually if you read any of those bottles, it says to never put any of that scent on yourself. The buck comes up in the dark, smells what he likes, cant see you.... you get the picture.. Ive never personally had much luck with much of anything for scent. Ive tried scent drags with doe in heat scent several times and never had a buck follow it in. Also tried just putting it on scent wicks around myself and never once had a buck respond. i actually had some Trails End on scent wicks this weekend and had deer walk right past it without stopping.... who knows.. some guys swear by the stuff. I PERSONALLY have never seen a reaction..

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Last year i used scent pads and soaked them in doe estrous, all i could smell around me was deer pee, so i knew the deer could smell it and it probably couldnt smell me which was good, stopped the deer in its tracks enough time to put one in its side.

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I use scents regularly and have had a fair amount of success with them over the years. I typically will use a regular doe urine on a drag rag early in the year and then switch over to the estrous scent in November. Some observations, use it sparingly, you don't need alot to make a difference. Use the wind to your advantage to help dispense the scent and to bring deer to your shooting lanes. I like to use tarsal glands from harvested does and or bucks to dispense the scent rather then a wick or rag when available. You can often get these from your local processor during the season and when fresh you can get by without using commercial scents but just the lingering scent from the glands themself. Hang your wicks high enough to carry the scent downwind to maximize their effectiveness and situate it in such a way that the deer don't have to walk through your scent trail from the stand to get to it. Try to keep the scent off of yourself, boots, clothing, gloves as it may cause the deer to pick you off up in your stand when trying to locate the source of the scent. Estrous scent and or buck urine may actually scare deer away from your stand rather then bring them closer, namely smaller bucks and does not ready to be bred. Try not to contaminate your stand area by walking circles around your tree, remember even as careful as we are to be scent free we still exude some human scent. Use scent as another tool but don't expect it to bring in deer raging with hormones on a dead run. Remember, your own scent control is the most important thing for getting a deer in close IMHO.

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Bathe yourself in doe in heat scent. LOL.. actually if you read any of those bottles, it says to never put any of that scent on yourself. The buck comes up in the dark, smells what he likes, cant see you.... you get the picture..

I believe the reason the companies suggest that you do not put the deer scent on yourself is predator-related more so that another deer.

I personally know of two guys that were followed by Timberwolves to their stand. The one was hanging a new stand for bowhunting and had his shotgun with in case a grouse came along. He bathed himself in doe urine. He hears something behind him and he thinks to himself, great, a big buck is behind me and I dont have my bow. He turns around and it is a huge Timberwolf about 15 yards away. He said it looked confused, thinking it sure smells like a deer, but doesnt look like one???. He fired one shot into the air and it ran away.

I am not the most accomplished deer hunter, but I prefer to completely cover myself in scent killer. I spray each layer of clothing as I put it on. Inside my hat, my face, everything. When I get to my stand I put out some doe in heat scent on a scent pad and attach to a few branches around where I am sitting. I also like to use a little skunk scent for cover too, especially if the rut isnt really going too well.

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I gave up in scents about 10 years ago. I have had a few small bucks fallow a drag line but I have had just as many hit the scent, pause and take a wiff and keep on going. These are just the young bucks who seems to ignore it. I think the older bucks most of the time are just too smart to fall for a scent, they know what the real thing smells like so I try not to tip them off by using any scent.

I try to be as scent free as possible and most important of all play the wind. Even after showering in scent killer, wearing scentlock, and spraying down with scent killer I had a mature buck wind me.

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A few years back I put a scent wick out in a bush in the middle of a field I was watching. I had a buck trying to sneak behind me and once he caught wind of that scent he stopped in his tracks and walked right over to that bush. That's all the farther he made it. He wasn't a bruiser but a respectable 9 pointer. I like using them I think they have their days. During the rut use any kind of doe pee and it won't hurt your hunt in my opinion

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years ago i too tried the skunk oil and coon urine. never saw deer. seems like a pretty good cover up though. always brought in them dang yotes, and i think that is why deer never came around.

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2 drop supreme...me and a few buddies have shot alot of bucks sticking their necks out as far as they can to smell our wicks.

its a primetime tom miranda signature series scent...he used a special scent ( smells like anise) to lure in fox and other small game but his traps were always set off by deer cause they were attracted to it so much. so he took that and added certain deer scents to it and came up with 2 drop supreme...can be used all season and is a curiosity lure....lasts for a long time on your wick even after a bunch of rains.

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About the only scent I use anymore is the tarsal gland from a freshly killed friends buck or one that was hit on the road.

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About the only scent I use anymore is the tarsal gland from a freshly killed friends buck or one that was hit on the road.

I think I am going to give this a try this year, hard to beat the real thing.

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About the only scent I use anymore is the tarsal gland from a freshly killed friends buck or one that was hit on the road.

What results have you had from this?

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In the limited time I've been doing it and had a buck downwind they've either gotten mad and came to investigate or at least come up and knock it around with their antlers.

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