Is Special Homemade Deer Attractant The Most Powerful?
Frequently, discussions in online outdoor forums revolve around debating the best deer attractant and whether or not there are powerful homemade deer attractants that work to bring in the big bucks – versus using the best deer lures or outstanding manufactured deer attractants.
There is no shortage of special homemade deer attractant recipes passed down through generations of hunting families.
According to those who traditionally make these recipes themselves, they are generally “almost 100% guaranteed” to bring in the biggest, baddest trophy bucks on the planet for users of this type of magical deer bait.
Is it really a true statement that these attractants can work deer hunting miracles and does it actually stand up to the reality test? Let's see. . .
It's no secret that hunters are always looking for ways to improve their hunting techniques and raise their chances of harvesting a trophy buck through any legal means – we would expect nothing less of dyed-in-the-wool deer hunters.
That's actually very good for hunting in general because it keeps hunting interests in the forefront of everyone's mind.
It reminds us that we need to keep deer populations (as well as populations of all animals) in good health and that we need to preserve our shooting heritage for tomorrow's hunters so they can do tomorrow what we have the awesome opportunity to do today – go after the big bucks.
Scientists and experienced hunters both agree that well-fed and properly maintained deer populations grow bigger and reproduce better, making herds stronger and willing to remain in the area.
This contributes to successful hunting in a given area for the long-term and as we all know, we all like to hunt in areas where we know that we at least have a reasonable chance of success.
The Pros And Cons Of Doing-It-Yourself When It Comes To The Best Deer Attractant
The Pros Of Doing-It-Yourself:
- You can put just about anything in your deer lure/attractant recipe you think the local deer will like
- Developing a clever product name for your homemade recipe will impress your hunting buddies
- You're in complete control of the entire process for manufacturing the best deer attractant on earth
- It's possible to adjust the quantity of your recipe to match your own personal hunting requirements
- Personal satisfaction generally comes from doing-it-yourself when it comes to hunting and the outdoors
- In cases of failed recipe development attempts, the materials aren't usually that expensive anyway
- If your homemade recipe actually brings in a trophy buck, you will be the King of All Deer Hunters forever
The Cons Of Doing-It-Yourself:
- You may not have a recipe proven successful in your area – the deer actually may not like it at all
- Disguising the often foul odors of recipe preparation and the completed product itself can be almost impossible
- Although you're large and completely in charge of the process, if it doesn't work out, you (sadly) are the head chef
- Adjusting the quantity of certain homemade deer attractant recipes is far easier said than done in many cases
- It's a lot harder to prepare a homemade deer lure recipe outside after your spouse removes you from the kitchen
- Expect significant cleanup time and unpleasant activities if the over-application of heat occurs to your recipe
- You'll feel remorse after a homemade recipe fails – inexpensive high-tech scent solutions were readily available
What Does Sunday Dinner Have To Do With The Best Deer Attractant?
As hunters get better at hunting, deer get smarter at evading them – especially the biggest bucks.
Stay with me here and I'll get to the explanation of how Sunday dinner figures into the best deer attractant equation. . .
The deer hunt is a complex chess match that pits human hunting skills against a wild animal's self-preservation instincts developed over many thousands of years.
The outcome of any hunt is never by any means a forgone conclusion as any wise and experienced hunter will tell you.
When we humans hunt we all try to gain an edge of some sort over the prey whether we realize it or not.
Our prey is faster and better equipped with super-sensory hearing and scent capability to detect us at long range. This helps immensely as all wild prey animals, including deer, do everything they can to avoid being food for our tables and/or decoration for our walls.
In search of our edge, we have come up with all types of valuable hunting techniques like scouting, antler rattling, hunting from tree stands, camouflage, and still-hunting etc.
But the one thing that really makes a lot of good sense is to take a hard look at using scent. . .or in other words, deer attractant – a way to speak to a primary physical need of the deer. . .food to stop hunger.
Whether commercial scent or homemade attractant is used – they all seem to focus on food and nutritional items which are basic to deer health and survival.
Now. . .what does all that have to do with Sunday dinner?
Most every hunter can think back to the tempting and delicious family and Sunday dinners that their grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, fathers, wives, girlfriends and/or siblings (or all of the above) prepared for the family and then served up piping hot.
I'm sure you can think back to how eager you have been throughout your life (as I have been and still am) to hurry to the table when the food is ready and the cooking smells in your home say “come and get it.”
I'll bet I'm not the only one here that often says grace at dinner-time a little faster than I should so I can start eating as fast as possible – because I'm always hungry and ready to eat.
Deer (and all other animals) aren't really different in this regard and if you can tempt their sense of smell with what you consider to be the best deer attractant, just as you were tempted by the mouth-watering food smells of family Sunday dinners (and every other dinner for that matter), you have gone a long way toward a successful hunt.
Now you start to see where I'm going with this. . .
Once you realize how important your own sense of smell is to you, then you can come to the critical realization of how important a wild animal's sense of smell is to them.
As we know well, their day-to-day survival depends on that acute sense of smell to keep them safe and successful in their search for food.
Tempt the deer with a deer attractant (whether hormone or food-oriented) – make them come to you.
Whether you use carefully-crafted homemade deer attractants or the best deer attractant the scent companies can make commercially available to you, the approach is the same.
After you've had your first successful hunt using scents/lures/attractants, you'll be glad that you discovered that there are great deer attractants proven to really work for you, they're widely available everywhere – and they are extremely inexpensive!
Is this a great time to be a hunter or what?
Various Homemade Deer Attractants Can Be Helpful To Hunters In Several Ways
The time for you to attract deer begins long before your hunting season starts.
The act of planting plots of winter wheat and rye grasses for cold weather foraging is a tried and true homemade deer attractant that just plain works.
Providing good nutrition will contribute to the growth of healthy deer and it's a scientifically known and verified fact that healthy deer generally weigh more and grow larger (if it helps feel free to insert the word “trophy” in place of “larger”) antlers.
Nutrition that is readily available also keeps deer nearby so they don't end up in the next county (with you wondering where they went) looking for food.
Whole or cracked corn is another successful attractant that can be used, as are soybeans and other delicacies that deer feed on.
Think of it this way, if you were hungry and making your way through the woods and you came upon a meadow full of scrumptious pizzas growing everywhere, would you stop for a while and take advantage of the situation?
You bet you would.
Each sack and bag of corn or soybeans should have the words (deer attractant) in parentheses printed on them so deer hunters can remember how valuable these commodities can be for hunters since they are some of the very best deer attractants.
Corn is 8 percent protein and soybeans are 35 percent protein.
Despite their available protein, they are both lacking in certain very desirable minerals and vitamins that can improve the size and health of deer herds.
Read on to find out more about how you can improve this situation and help your deer friends out. . .
Who Knew Deer Liked Peanut Butter?
Adding a vitamin and mineral supplement purchased from your local hardware, feed store, or Tractor Supply to the food you provide to the deer will boost the additional nutrients that are so important to bone, tooth and antler development.
Additionally, these nutrients are critical to hormone activation – you guessed it, no hormone activation, no reproductive processes.
Peanut butter is another deer attractant that works well (who knew?).
Buy a jar of the cheapest peanut butter you can find (deer aren't too picky – look at what they usually eat and you'll understand why) in a plastic (no, not glass) container with a screw-top lid.
Carefully cut the bottom off the plastic jar off, unscrew the lid and screw it to the side of a tree trunk at a level slightly below the deer's mouth.
Use a quarter-sized fender washer under each of three screw heads placed in roughly the shape of a triangle to hold the lid to the tree (lid threads pointing toward you).
Usually, if each screw is placed about 3/4″ from the inside edge of the lid, the spacing is about right for the fender washers to clear the lid) for some extra, and useful strength.
Don't over-tighten the three screws, particularly on smaller trees and saplings that are about the same size as the peanut butter jar (try to choose a tree at least twice as large as the diameter of the peanut butter jar for this job).
Over-tightening the lid on a small tree will warp the lid, making it difficult, if not impossible to screw the bottle back into the lid on the side of the tree.
I prefer the screw method myself instead of nailing because screws are more easily removable and replaceable.
Now you can, as we talked about before, screw the peanut butter jar back into its lid and deer dinner is served.
PRO TIP: Don't educate the deer any more than you have to – this means don't stick your finger (or anything else – I know who you are out there) into the peanut butter for a dollop to put in your mouth on the way out of the area.
The deer will really enjoy licking the peanut butter from your newly-placed jar as long as it doesn't smell like “hunter's finger.”
These peanut butter jars can be quickly and easily placed (and replaced) strategically around your property.
Place the jars wherever and whenever you want to feed or attract deer – whether you're hunting them, simply observing or getting some great wildlife photographs.
This is probably the simplest and easiest of the homemade deer attractant systems you can put into place.
Simple is good. . .and cheap.
Mix Up Your Own Vitamins And Minerals For The Deer
The following recipe for homemade deer minerals serves very effectively as a year round homemade deer attractant.
There are very good reports from those who use this recipe.
Making your own is not for everyone, so see below if you'd rather grab an excellent, off-the-shelf product to help supercharge your hunt this year.
Our recipe below provides much-needed vitamins and minerals to the deer and its widely available ingredients are easily found for purchase on the shelves of most local farm and feed supply stores throughout the United States.
You will need a bag of dicalcium phosphate, a bag of loose trace mineral salt and a package of loose stock salt.
Use a three pound coffee can to measure with and mix one part Dicalcium Phosphate with two parts trace mineral salt and one part stock salt.
Mix the ingredients above very well.
At the feeding site, you want the deer to come in to the mixture and lick it. . .a lot. . .really. . .A LOT.
To make this thing happen you should dig a circular hole in the dirt that is about three feet in diameter and approximately six inches deep.
It doesn't have to be fancy – it's a hole in the ground. . .there is no extra credit from the deer for neatness.
Pour your surefire, made-to-please mixture into the space you just prepared and spread it evenly, mixing it in well with the dirt.
After six months of you graciously providing a gourmet deer lick for all the deer in your area, all you have to do now is to simply refill it.
Subsequently, you should be able to replenish it annually and deer will start making more habitual stops to this location over time.
Storing your leftover ingredients separately until you're ready to mix up another batch is the only thing you have to remember with this process.
Now you've created the best deer attractant system in a great location (of your choosing) which deer will return to for many seasons, they'll keep coming as long as you keep replenishing the ingredients.
Large And Trophy Antlers Require Certain Nutrients To Maximize Size
Phosphorous and calcium are the predominant minerals in hardened antlers – it takes a lot of this stuff to form those gigantic antlers that we all see and drool over in the hunting magazines.
Dicalcium phosphate promotes milk production when does are lactating.
It also aids significantly in the digestive maximization of food for all deer, leading to weight gain.
Since deer cannot synthesize phosphorus, you must make it available in the animal’s general diet.
I think we can be quite sure the deer don't know anything about phosphorus, but you can be certain they appreciate your help all the same.
This makes providing a mineral mix like our homemade recipe crucial to the health of deer herds, especially in an environment that is naturally lacking in these minerals.
I'm sure you won't tell any of your buddies, but I know one thing for sure.
You'll feel proud when you help out an animal herd like this.
I'm big on doing things just because it's the right thing to do. . .even if you're the only one that knows.
All of these issues make mineral salts very important from a health standpoint and extremely attractive to deer on a dietary basis.
You can have the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping all the deer out.
Nice job. . .oh, sorry, my mistake. . .no one was supposed to know about your good deeds. . .
Show Off Your Home Cooking Skills For Deer In Your Area
Another homemade deer attractant is a food block – there are a variety of food block recipes on which the home chef/deer hunter can try his/her skills.
This particular concoction is made of corn, bread and molasses.
Take two stale loaves of bread and crumble all the slices into small pieces until you have filled a pan completely with the crumbled-up bread.
Mix the honey and molasses together to pour over the mixture in the pan until it's thoroughly wet.
Stir the mixture above with a wooden spoon until it has a mushy texture.
Use a big, beefy wooden spoon here, this mixture can be fairly thick and sometimes it's a challenge to stir efficiently.
Wimpy, slender-handled wooden spoons often have a good chance of breaking right in the middle of the stirring action.
Take my advice here, you don't want to be left holding the wrong end of a broken wooden spoon looking all pitiful. . .it's just not manly – just sayin'. . .
Now add dry, whole kernel corn and mix all the ingredients until the corn appears to be spread throughout the mixture evenly.
Put the pan containing the mixture outside in the warm sunshine to dry.
If there's no warm sunshine you can put the mixture in a warm laundry area or even on the kitchen table to facilitate curing your masterpiece (if your wife isn't home).
Allow the mixture in the pan to actually form a large, solid block.
Now take the block (while it's still in the pan) and cure it in the oven for two more hours at 200 degrees F.
Oven-curing will help the deer food block dry even further and continue to develop a more solid outer crust so it won't break apart like a birthday cake attacked by a ravenous two-year old.
Allow your newly-minted deer food block to cool completely before removing it from the pan (this can take a while) – then simply place the block in a convenient or desired location for the deer.
Home Brew Deer Lure – No Deer Squeezin's Required
The best part of this section is that you don't have to extract or remove any part of the deer to make this recipe happen – it's entirely based on agricultural products.
Here are two simple deer attractant recipes you can try out. This will help you test which of the two is the best deer attractant for your needs:
- A very simple homemade deer attractant can be made by heating water and a little corn oil in a pot and adding dry granulated molasses to it until you have a thickened, sweet-smelling liquid.
- You can also heat peanut butter and Karo syrup in the same manner as above.
PRO TIP #1: There are few things that result in a more long-lasting and foul-smelling odor than burned/charred peanuts, peanut butter or molasses of any type (or any combination thereof). Combine that unpleasant odor with an overheated fatty oil like corn oil, Karo syrup or some other cooking oil and you have the makings of a scent disaster. When heating these items, pay close attention to heat levels to make sure they don't overheat and burn – your personal and family relationships in the home will thank me for pointing this out.
Take either (or both if you're testing to find out which recipe works better) of the two completed recipes above into the woods and pour them on stumps and fallen logs (really dry and/or rotted wood can be a plus here because it will hold more of your recipes).
It's best if you can separate your two concoctions by 40-50 yards to help make your testing procedure more accurate.
Also try to place each of the recipes in a location that makes it easy for you to assess the quantity of deer traffic to that location (soft, trackable dirt whenever possible).
It's quite possible that the deer traffic may point to one recipe being far better at attracting deer.
This happens more often than you would think just due to what that particular herd of deer has been used to eating in the past.
Now simply monitor your recipe test locations for signs that deer have discovered them and check the deer tracks every so often for interest levels the deer show in each recipe.
Some hunters looking for the best deer attractant say they have had some success with vanilla extract as well.
If you use or test vanilla, my advice is that you will be much better off if you use vanilla very, very sparingly and carefully.
Putting vanilla out in the woods is much like ringing a bell. . .here's why:
Bells are great, they serve a good and useful purpose, but once a bell is rung, it cannot be UN-rung.
Vanilla is similarly useful just like the bell is, but if overused, the scent can almost never be removed from a permanent location in the woods like live tree bark or a really big dead log, etc.
PRO TIP #2: It is a very wise move to use your incredible human foresight to test vanilla used for attracting deer on a small piece of wood that you can remove from the woods when you leave – in case you put too much vanilla on it.
BONUS PRO TIP TO PROMOTE DOMESTIC HARMONY IN YOUR HOME: Once you get your vanilla-soaked piece of wood back home, throw it away there. It will make the trash can under the sink smell great until you take out the trash. Your wife will think you're really cool for making the house smell good and that some of her is rubbing off on you – take this to the bank. . .there's no reason not to let her keep thinking that.
Moving on. . .
Vanilla oils have a unique and easily identifiable scent that can often last for a loooooong time (you can't/won't smell it at very low scent levels but the deer certainly will).
Vanilla can produce undesired scent blindness and quite possibly, in the last situation you'll ever want to occur, it can produce scent confusion.
Be careful with vanilla – 'nuff said.
There Are Many Quality Commercial Deer Attractants / Scents Available For Your Hunt
Instead of trying to make homemade deer attractants, many hunters are convinced that actually the best deer attractant is a quality, commercially-produced scent product for attracting whitetails and all other types of deer as well.
I must say that the companies that make commercial scent are knocking it out of the park these days.
Science and techniques have improved from extremely humble beginnings to being very, very good.
I'll go as far as to say these products are sensational.
As you know, sufficiently high-level technology is basically indistinguishable from freakin' magic.
I believe this is close to happening in this case with the success of modern scent technology and the newest high-tech engineering and manufacturing capabilities.
I personally am very impressed with one modern, high-tech scent-producing company in particular.
Representing the new age of scent-supported hunting, Code Blue is a company that has led the commercial charge toward incredibly effective general hunting, predator and deer scents/lures.
To all you hunters out there. . .there are times in life when technology helps us as humans to turn corners so we can distance ourselves from the stone age.
I hope you'll choose to take my advice here. . .this is really good stuff folks. . .and it works well.
Code Blue scents are available in many variations including, in the Whitetail line, enhanced estrous, doe estrous, doe urine, buck urine and tarsal gland.
Additionally, their Code Red line is available in buck urine and doe urine as well as doe estrous.
The unique Scent Drag system comes in doe estrous and doe urine to add diversity to scent and its manner of delivery/application.
There are a variety of high tech scent gels available as well, such as Rack Rub, Whitetail Buck and Estrous, and Tarsal Gland.
The Code Blue folks additionally manufacture highly effective scent-based attractants for hogs, bears, lions and coyotes for those of you who relish a good hunt for poorly-tempered, four-legged furry things that might bite you real hard and/or claw the absolute bejesus out of you (yeah, “bejesus” is a real word in my part of the country).
Code Blue's Apple Swig® Whitetail attractant smells like an apple orchard and the Corn Craze® Whitetail attractant can be poured directly onto known trails since these Code Blue scents are very intense and produce real results.
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Buy Quality Deer Attractant Or Mix It Up Yourself
If you don't want to devote the time, money and testing required for learning how to develop your own homemade deer foods, scents and attractants, it's no longer a problem with the new, inexpensive, currently available and ultra-effective scent products.
If making your own deer attractant is a pride issue, I get that, really, I get that.
There's an easy way to keep one foot in each camp here. During the off-season, mix up your home-brew deer attractant until the cows come home.
The deer will all love you for it and you can hone your skills until you are good enough to receive recognition on the Cooking Channel as the best homemade deer attractant chef on the planet.
You may be the next Duck Dynasty in waiting with your secret recipes and cooking techniques – who knows?
If that happens, let me know and I will sing your praises right here on this site and announce to the world that you have arrived!
I really will. . .!
Now, when deer hunting season finally comes around, your other foot (you thought I forgot about that other foot, didn't you?) can be squarely in the highly effective commercial attractant camp.
You'll select, purchase (very economically by the way) and use one or more extremely effective commercial attractants and make the season a lot easier on yourself.
My guess is that you'll have much better luck too – even if you don't, your time spent in the woods will be much less stressful and relaxing – as it should be.
There are many widely available, modern, highly effective and quality-manufactured commercial attractants from many different manufacturers from which to choose.
We highly recommend them and successful hunters swear by them every season – at least a few of the commercial attractants and scents could no doubt turn out to be the best deer attractant ever for you and your personal hunting style.
The bottom line is this – commercially-made deer attractants are cost effective in addition to everything else that's good about them.
High-tech and well-proven deer and animal attractant products based on the most current scientific research like C'Mere Deer, Swamp Donkey, Deer Cane, Deer Co-cain, Monster Scents MacDaddy Magnet and Primos Deer Block are now bringing in the big deer like clockwork every hunting season for the most savvy hunters who leave nothing to chance.
If you're not using commercial attractants and scent technology, it makes you wonder how many big deer you have lost to the commercial scent crowd already.
Don't let someone else get your trophy deer. . .just don't.
You should use what they use – get yourself some deer scent and start hunting with it – you'll wonder how you got along without it.
Whether you order one of these great choices and have it delivered to your doorstep or take the time to make and test a homemade deer attractant of your own, no one can dispute that scent-hunting works and it works well.
Since there are so many quality, proven and time-saving commercial scents available at reasonable prices, all vying to be the best deer attractant, it's entirely possible when the season opens that you could grab your best rifle or bow and have your monster buck on the wall in no time this year.
You may want to mount your scent bottle on a nice piece of walnut right next to your big deer. . .
Who will be the first to send me a photo of their mounted scent bottle next to their monster buck?