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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: State College, PA
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.
I live to hunt....and hunt to live!