Understanding Deer Scents and Lures
Animals of a species are interested in the scents/smell of another animal of the same species. “Scent Messages” are translated through their glandular secretions and urine. Animal glands and urine are great attractants for members of the same or different species. They trigger various reactions in the animal. Their scent can make them sexually responsive, aggressive, curious, or angry. Gland/urine scents can also replace fear and suspicion and give the animal a sense of security and confidence. It’s the natural animal odor that makes these glandular secretions and urine universal attractants.
Shy away from urines that have a chemical smell to them.
THE STRONGER AND MORE
CONCENTRATED THE URINE, THE STRONGER THE AMMONIA.
The best place to store your urine lures is in your refrigerator in a zip lock bag.
They will last for many years
if kept refrigerated. There is not a better
place to store your urine type lures. If this isn’t
possible, keep them in a cool, dark place. Never store
urine products in direct sunlight or keep them on the
dash of your vehicle as they
will be ruined in a few hours. If your urine lure
or scent has developed an undesirable amount of ammonia
odor, you should take the lid off and “bleed
off” the ammonia for a few hours. Most of the ammonia
should dissipate in 24 hours. Then add 1/8
tsp. table salt to each fluid ounce of urine
and shake well. If you have doubts about your hunting
scents and lures, I advise purchasing quality, well-handled
scents from a respected, quality-minded
manufacturer. If this
procedure is followed, you will be able to get years of
use out of your animal urine scents.
Lure manufacturing is an art that takes many years
of testing and experimentation in order to formulate
lures that hold attention and attract. The best lures are “fixed” so ALL the
ingredients blend and permeate the area when exposed
1) Professional trappers know quality scents. I don’t know of any who buy their lures and scents at Wal-Mart. I’ll suggest you might shy away from mass produced, poor quality, discount-chain-sold buck scents, also.
2) Estrous scents will attract bucks prior to the peak of the rut. Bucks are interested and will respond during the pre-rut – The peak of the pre-rut is the best time to use deer attractants.
3) I feel straight doe deer urine (non-estrous) is
the poorest deer scent you can use to attract bucks. I
have found it gives a “so
what” response in the many years of research that I
have done. Regular, non-estrous doe urine is what most
“heat” urine type buck lures sold today are. No wonder there
is so much confusion and mixed results with
hunting with scents. Straight doe urine that is
labeled “heat” urine will not arouse
sexual urges. False advertising and gimmicks have
damaged the credibility of many scent manufacturers.
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