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Is it worth putting out sent on public land that there is little presure. Never had any luck with it but dont hink im using it right. And is sent killer worth it??? I know guys who smoke and chew in there stands and still get deer??

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I dont rely on scent attractants, just scent control. Heres a story of one of my hunts where I learned the importance of scent control. I had scouted an area for months and knew the pattern of the deer. Hunted a site that the wind was perfect. Problem was, I had to cross the deer trail to get to the stand. I went to the stand 2 hours before sun up so any scent from walking would disperse. As I was approaching my stand I heard something close by so I stopped. I had already crossed the trail and was standing there. As I stood there waiting, I touched a lone spear of fox tail grass and pulled the top off of it. 2 and a half hours later as I was sitting in the stand, does came in as predicted. Walked the trail but stopped suddenly. Very alert, the lead doe cautiously walked off the trail to that lone spear of grass. Smelled it and bolted!!!! Along with the 3 other does and the 9 pointer (which is what I was after) that were just behind her.

Some scent, as in cigarretes can sometimes be curiousity scents. Human scent is NOT a curiousity scent. My cousin, also a bow hunter and very good at scent control has stalked to within 30 yards of 1 1/2 y/o buck and when the deer walked dowind of him, my cousin lit a cigar. Buck moved towards him trying to figure out what that figure was that was blowing smoke rings at him.

So bottom line is, show me a guy that doesn't control human scent and doesnt play the wind will have less success in the field.

In my opinion, if you havent controlled the human scent, the attractant scents have little affect since the wind is blowing the scent the same direction. Being up in a tree stand helps since the human scent or any other scent is less likely to be detected.

When people tell you they harvested a deer, start asking which direction the deer came in, up wind downwind etc. was it pushed, normal conditions, had it gotten to the scent cone before it was shot, how much wind was there, how far was the shot etc.... And you might be surprised at your findings. Those people that seem to get the deer and tell you that scent has nothing to do with it might not even realize that the situation might have made scent control unnessecary.

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I would agree with Korn Fish.I even use rubber surgical gloves when I trim shooting lanes if needed.Your scent will stay for a long time unless it rains.I set my stands up long in advance of the season so my scent can be cleared.I hunt private property so this is a easy task to do.

Watch your scent and play the wind and you will be a happy archer.Another thing I have found is to use rubber boots to help with scent control.I never walk by a cow pie without stepping in it.

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I agree on the scent control, but for a good all around scent try either Tinks #69 or one of my favorites Trails End #307.

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I was wondering the same thing! I always wear rubber gloves when I gut a deer to save on cleanup, and always have that rubber smell left over on my hands as well.

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I cannot tell you that answer.I just figure that the surgical glove smell goes away faster than human scent.

From what I have observed,it seems that the deer dont mind the cut branches with gloves as much as the branches with human scent.Thats just what I have seen with no big study.

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Great thread - and I agree w/ the previous replies...Gotta pay keen attention to scent control. One mistake I see a lot of guys do is wearing their hunting clothes (outer layers especially) when they aren't actually in the woods hunting. Driving in the truck. Sitting in the house/cabin. I keep all my outer wear in a plastic tote and never have it one unless I'm on my way into the woods.

As for scents, I'm a convinced that the best scent is no scent, but I have had some success with Trails End #307.

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I just put my hunting clothes in a large leaf bag and cut branches from a pine or cedar tree and put them in bag the week before gun season, the cloths come out smelling good.

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I belive that cover sent it the most important and I also use the leaf bag trick with pine and cheese cloth with fresh dirt wrapedup in it. I also think that alot of the deer attractents are just attracting hunters billfolds. I'm not saying they don't work ,but alot of money is spent by hunters each year and a lot of manufacters are jumping on the band wagon. by the way I stop at Witcombs and buy fresh doe in estrus and if I shoot a deer I will try to save the urine sack by putting it in a zip-lock bag and using on the next days hunt. helps keep the expense down and I know its real.

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I "condition" my plastic totes by filling them w/ composting leaves and wet dirt. I do this a couple of weeks before I use them.

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I am a true believer in scent control. I have seen it work with my own eyes while bowhunting NW Wisc.I have had deer come within 10ft of me on the ground while bowhunting and never got winded.Scent control is the number one objective in my opinion.

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Yknow I've never been one for laying out these store bought scents. But.....I have seen Trails End #307 work with my own eyes.I hunted my parents farm with this fella who would put out around 2 dozen wicks around his stand coated with this stuff. He actually had bucks coming in with their noses straight up in the air sniffing the aroma! It was just around daylight when the first of his bucks came in,I went to see what the firing was about and he had a nice fork down. I had just made it back to my stand when I heard him shoot again. As I made my way back to his stand I was thinking "He couldn't have gotten another one!!!??".Sure enough he had gotten another buck ,this time a 6 pointer that he said came in with his nose straight up in the air smelling the aroma of the scent wicks he had laid out.I've been bought ever since.

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