Deer Hunting Tips - Using Scents For Post Rut Whitetail Deer702686
A frequent query by many who are fairly new to deer hunting is "What scent should I use?" This is particularly true for these who hunt in the post-rut season.
First, some background information - 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 normally only use sex scents like buck lure, doe estrous, etc. during the rut when they usually occur.
Masking scents try 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 all-natural to the environment. LL Rue, the renowned photographer, naturalist, and writer often used fox urine around his blind to assist mask his own scent.
Scents like this are not alarming to the deer simply because they happen naturally and foxes have a tendency to mark their locations all the time.
Here are a few other tips to assist you with scents in the field:
- By no means place attractants on your clothing or boots. Use a drag cloth, put a couple of 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 less than you believe. A deer is extremely sensitive to odors and has been described as 100 occasions more sensitive than that of humans.
- Spend attention to your own smells - use great scent reduction techniques 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 area 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 too all-natural!
You can use scents for whitetail deer hunting in the post-rut period but do it very lightly and only use these that are all-natural to the region that time of year.