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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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SCENT during gun season

I was reading a post in the archery sections which made me wonder if anyone here has successfully used deer scent (any kind) during the gun season?

If so, how did you apply it and what type of scent did you use?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 01:53 PM
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Re: SCENT during gun season

I have used it before, but only had it work 1 time for sure in gun season and it worked TOO good.

For 20 yrs I hunted only public ground up until a few yrs ago, now and again I get a chance on my buddy's private camp but I still spend 95% of my time hunting public gamelands. Prob 10 yrs ago or so, I put some Wildlife Research (thick like honey) doe in estrus scent on a few branches (I don't use the wicks, no need for 'em....just dip a small tree branch about head high) on some low hanging trees 30 yards to my left and 30 yards to my right in the direction I expected the deer to come.

Because it's heavily hunted gamelands I have to get in there WAY early, I'm talking in the tree and totally ready to go by 430am. So I had my scents out (cuz i was in a climbing stand) and sure enough an hr before shooting light I can see a big group of deer and bodies feeding up my way. Buck goes right to the branch of my scent to my left and spends 10 minutes just hitting the branch with his face, rack. He walks straight over to the other branch to my right and does the same thing. It was still illegal shooting time and he walked out of my sights forever.

I was stunned, it worked beyond perfect, but it worked too early and I couldn't do anything about it. Never did get a shot a buck all yr that yr w/ bow, gun, nor muzzleloader.

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Re: SCENT during gun season

I don't bother with scents in gun season. I hunt mostly public land and basically use a simple and affective tactic....pattern the hunters and hunt the escape cover. Seems to work pretty well.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 05:53 PM
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Re: SCENT during gun season

It is my post in the archery section. However, I did take an 8 point buck in OH in the 80 while using Tink's # 69 with a shot gun.

Walked back in the woods about a mile and went to an area where I knew a buck was bedding during the Early Fall. The series of beds were at the top of a strip pit mound and when I would get close Squirrel hunting he would simply sneak down the other side and I could only get a gimps of his antlers.

I went there the last Saturday of gun and found the wind to be blowing toward the bed down area so I set up a on an old logging road which led to his favorite spot to slumber.

Then I took up stand behind a close by mound. My setup was only 15 yds. from my canister. I heard him coming behind my mound and peeked around to see him walking away and up the mound to disappear....Then he stopped in his tracks put him nose up in the air and headed directly to my scent canister.

I was elated to see this work so well. I let him go to the canister and put his nose against it before I made the 15 yard shot.

Needless to say I thought I had found a wonder drug and I would be killing big bucks at will the rest of my life. Not so, but I did shoot a few archery bucks after that using Tinks, however, it was/it not the magic potion I had hoped for....But maybe this year?

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 06:17 PM
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Re: SCENT during gun season

Depending on rutting activity in the area I have used doe in heat during early gun season. Cant say it worked as I didnt see anything I could positively say were drawn in because of the scent.

Deer are not stupid and know when the "rut" is, using scents that shouldnt naturally happen will drive deer away rather then draw them in
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 12:06 AM
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Re: SCENT during gun season

With so many hunters in the woods during rifle I don't even bother with scents. That's not to say they can't work.
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Re: SCENT during gun season

Never thought to bother. Seems like rifle season is pot luck anyway, at least on public ground.

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