Deer Hunting Tips - Using Scents For Post Rut Whitetail Deer7010126
A frequent question by many who are pretty new to deer hunting is "What scent should I use?" This is especially accurate for those who hunt in the post-rut season.
First, some background info - you can lump all scents into two classes:
1. scents that attract, and
2. scents that mask other smells
Attractants are scents like deer odor, sex or a food scent, like apple or acorn. You would usually only use sex scents like buck lure, doe estrous, etc. throughout the rut when they usually occur.
Masking scents attempt to reduce the scent of something else. A good example is the typical cover scents you can buy in the spray bottles to spray your clothes, boots, pack, and other gear to kill the human and other smells.
However, there are other masking scents that are more natural to the environment. LL Rue, the renowned photographer, naturalist, and writer often used fox urine about his blind to assist mask his personal scent.
Scents like this are not alarming to the deer because they occur naturally and foxes have a tendency to mark their areas all the time.
Here are a couple of other tips to help you with scents in the field:
- By no means place attractants on your clothes or boots. Use a drag cloth, put a few drops of attractant on it and drag it behind you when you head to the blind.
- Place a few drops of attractant on a cloth or wick and hang it on a limb inside shooting distance of your blind
- Use much less than you think. A deer is very sensitive to odors and has been described as 100 occasions much more sensitive than that of humans.
- Spend interest to your own smells - use great scent reduction methods such as soaps for you and your clothes, only put on your hunting clothes in the field and maintain them in a bag or sealed container when not in use.
The only one I would use post-rut would be a regular deer scent or possibly a food - and that only if it happens naturally in that region at that time. For instance - an apple smell in late season in the North when the temps are in the teens and there is snow on ground is not as well all-natural!
You can use scents for whitetail deer hunting in the post-rut period but do it extremely lightly and only use these that are natural to the region that time of year.