Joined: 10/7/2008I have a question about using scents. I am in Michigan and we are in the pre rut with the weather finally getting colder. I have used scents only as drags before during the rut. Last night I used a couple of wicks dipped in Golden Estrus and placed the 10-15 yards from my stand.
The bottle calls for 6-10 drops but I have seen them dipped a few inches into the bottle before but I wonder if that is too much. Also do you throw your wicks away each time or can you put them in baggies to reuse. I am also thinking the pre rut may be to early to use scent and this might actually spook the deer.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
Joined: 9/24/2008I personally do not think that is too much scent. When I use scent wicks I put them in a zip log bag and re-use them and throw away at the end of the season. The urine based scents do break down so once they get a strong ammonia smell you may want to chuck them. You can help prevent that by keeping the scent in a cool place or refrigerator. It may be a little early to use the estrus scents but then again it’s deer and you never know. I have had limited success with estrus based scents, my best results was a scent drag with buck and doe urine mixed applied to it. I have had better success with a decoy (attracting buck and does) than with scents. Hey good luck and let us know how you do!
Joined: 4/4/2007I hunt in Northern Minnesota,I have tried estrous scents early and from my experience the doe’s will let you know when it’s too early.They will blow and stomp and raise heck,when the time is right they don’t seem to pay much attention to it.
Joined: 11/9/2012Have you seen does coming in estrous ? if not I’d not use any doe in heat yet.
I have a different view, I mostly use Dominant buck urine , I use Harmon Scents only because of their quality, pure and no additives..
Bucks are always dominant.
I also like to call deer, so they tend to come from the downwind side , so I use Harmon Interdigital scent and Herd Blend in stick form.
but when I do use estrous scents I use a LOT… better too much then not enough
Joined: 9/9/2004I think it depends on the location but, in Michigan, you’re about as far north as you can get in the U.S. We’re starting to see some buck activity (scraping and rubbing) here in Ohio. I’d start slow and see what happens. I do feel that it’s possible to use too much scent too early. When I first started bow hunting and started using scents I put out a ton of scent wicks that were just loaded with doe in heat. This was pre-rut. A little fork horn buck came in, walked into the scent cone of those wicks, and just about quit the earth! He was completely startled and on full alert. Didn’t matter, since I wouldn’t have shot him anyway.
Another thing the scent manufacturers tell you is not to put the scent on your boots. Well, my BIL does that constantly, and 2 years ago arrowed the largest buck (170+ class) in his life! He had estrous doe on the sole of one boot and dominant buck on the other. The buck he shot walked in like it was on a leash!It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
Another thing the scent manufacturers tell you is not to put the scent on your boots. Well, my BIL does that constantly, and 2 years ago arrowed the largest buck (170+ class) in his life! He had estrous doe on the sole of one boot and dominant buck on the other. The buck he shot walked in like it was on a leash!
My only concern with putting it on the boots is attracting direct attention to your position. I’d rather use a drag and leave it on the ground in a good spot for a shot.
However it must work ok on the boots LOL.
We’re seeing a lot more movement especially at night. My dogs want out many times at dusk and through the evening now. They run out and bark near the woods (they’re on a wireless shock system) and I hear the deer running and snorting.
The dogs are a good barometer on deer activity – noticeable change in their behavior.
I used to carefully place doe in heat and buck pee in established scrapes. Seemed that the deer quit using it. I’ve had better luck with the BowHunters Setup spray I used to buy at Cabelas (not sure if they still have it – can’t find it online).
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