A deer's sense of smell is their greatest asset and protection, making them a challenge to hunt and outwit without the assistance of lures such as whitetail deer scents; so it is logical to use their sense of smell to attract them into gun range. The purpose of such a deer lure is to attract deer from within a reasonable distance to come to a scrape, or to follow a scent trail you have laid for them. The ultimate goal is to position the deer within range of you and your rifle for a clean, unobstructed shot.
Using Whitetail Deer Scents Is Only Part Of A Successful Hunt
Putting out whitetail deer scents and waiting for deer to come to you will not work. There is a lot more work to be done to become successful when using scents to lure deer than just simply putting them out. First you have some homework to do. You must first spend some time scouting your hunting area, looking for signs of deer on the property where you’ll be hunting. Look for deer trails, scrapes, bedding and feeding areas and deer rubs. You will need to know where the deer go for later in the hunting season when you are ready to put out different doe scent and buck scents and gels. Put up your tree stands before the hunting season begins and be sure to locate them near bedding and feeding areas or along known deer trails.
Deer Change Their Attitudes As The Rut Approaches
In the spring and summer of the year, the mature whitetail buck is a comfortable, calm animal that stays in the shadows and lives a low-keyed life. They use their instincts and the experiences of past seasons to stay out of sight. They just want water, food and a comfortable bed to be content and happy. This is their mental state as the early hunting season begins. The bucks that have stayed together in bachelor groups during the summer months become less tolerant of each other and establish a pecking order by sparring with each other.
Take Advantage Of A Buck's Natural Instinct To Challenge Intruders
Where early hunting is allowed, it is more important that the hunter be as scent free as possible. Wash yourself and your clothes with unscented soaps and take an odor-eliminating spray to your stand with you. Calls are not needed, but buck urine placed strategically along the trail can get a curious buck to stop and check out a stranger in his territory long enough for you to get an excellent shot. By October when the Pre-Rut begins, the bucks have separated and established their own territories. It is time to use deer scent dispensers. Use a set like Code Blue's Drip Time® Two Timer that has two independent tanks for two different scents and can be programmed to release the scents on a pre-determined schedule to intrigue and attract some trophy bucks to check out “new” bucks they think have invaded their territory. With two different buck urine whitetail deer scents being dispensed, the bucks in your hunting territory will certainly come to check out the scents to find the trespassers and give you a chance at them when they stop to sniff for intruders.
Proper Scent Use Will Tell A Story That Influences Deer Behavior
When the rut begins, it has several stages. It is generally believed to begin three or four days before November's full moon but different parts of the country will have different start times. Bucks are roaming and extending their range to check on does during this phase and it is the perfect time to use a doe scent such as Code Blue Whitetail Doe Urine. Use deer scent dispensers such as scent drags to place doe urine along deer trails and combine it with a drag that lays down buck urine, to imitate a buck following a doe. Use whitetail deer scents to tell deer a story they follow with their noses to keep them interested in following your trails to where you want them located and positioned for the perfect shot opportunity.
Estrous Scent Is The One To Use During The Chasing Phase
The roaming stage overlaps into the chasing stage when the bucks get serious about finding does in estrous. Use a combination of deer scent dispensers such as Knight and Hale's Drop Time Scent Dispenser (with its battery-operated timer and dispensing schedule) and sneaky man-made deer trails you put down yourself with scent drags to keep bucks busy and eager. The doe scent to use during the chasing phase is Code Blue Whitetail Doe Estrous or Standing Estrous scent. These are the whitetail deer scents that will be the most powerful attractants for the big bucks during the late rut because they suggest that a willing and ready doe is up ahead. As the rut peaks, the dominant bucks will pair off with does for a day or a day and a half at a time. Between times, they will be looking for another doe. You will not see as many bucks, but when you do spot one, he will likely be very receptive to scents and calls.
Scents Are A Part Of Your Hunting Strategy, Not The Entire Strategy
After the new moon (again, this can be somewhat different in other parts of the country), the bucks go back to concentrating on feeding and resting. Now is the time to stop using your scents for a while as well. But a week after the full moon in December, the secondary rut will begin and you can lay more (Tink's) scent trails and use your whitetail deer scents one more time before hunting season ends. Most companies that sell whitetail deer scents include the scent of only one animal per bottle and each bottle has the registration number of that animal on the bottle's label. There are many choices for other scents, including tarsal gland scents, buck gels, estrous gels, rub gels and synthetic scents. Scent lures are not like waving a magic wand, but rather just one more tool in your hunting toolkit which can help put you one more step ahead of your trophy deer.