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Mock Scrape Tactics That Work

By Tracy Breen

Here in Michigan, deer hunting is changing. Baiting deer will soon be a thing of the past. As a result, hunters are going to have to employ new tactics if they want to get within bow or gun range of deer. One of the most popular way to entice a buck within bow range is by hunting over mock scrapes. Doug Roberts from Conquest Scents in Michigan knows a lot about the subject.  Doug’s company has been selling deer urine for over a decade.  He has spent twice that long hunting mature bucks over scrapes.  “Hunting over scrapes can be a lot of fun.  Hunting over scrapes is extremely effective when done correctly.  If a hunter wants to focus on killing mature bucks, hunting over a mock scrape is one of the best ways to do that,” Roberts said.   

What Doug likes best about hunting over scrapes is the fact that he can control what bucks do and where they go by building a mock scrape in the right place. “I start building mock scrapes long before most hunters. I like to build them in September near my favorite treestands which are always located near deer travel corridors. I like to build my scrapes upwind and within bow range of my stand.”


BUILD A SCRAPE THAT IS WORKED IN 360 DEGREES

 

Doug believes there are four basic components to a good mock scrape that will fool deer. “First, hunters need to build a scrape so dirt is distributed in all directions. The ground needs to be worked in 360 degrees around the scrape and the ground needs to be torn up. This makes the scrape more noticeable.  It also makes it a territorial scrape that drives bucks crazy.  This type of scrape is one that does will use.”


ALWAYS HAVE A LICKING BRANCH

 

The second step is the licking branch. Doug never builds a scrape without a licking branch. “The scrape should have a licking branch over the top of it and should be roughed up like a real licking branch is.  It should be hanging down low enough that deer can easily interact with it.”


BUILD RUBS AROUND THE SCRAPE

 

The third step is putting a buck foot print in the middle of his mock scrape and rubs around it. “Bucks can’t always see scrapes from a distance.  By making mock rubs around my scrape, bucks and does will approach the scrape because they will notice the new rubs from a great distance. When they approach the scrape, they will see the footprint and be able to see which direction the deer was walking when it left the scrape. Deer often leave their print in scrapes and hunters rarely do this when they are building a scrape. My goal is to make the scrape look as authentic as possible.”


USE EVERCALM

 

The fourth and final step is putting a rutting buck scent in the scrape and EverCalm on the licking branch. “I want the scrape to smell like a real buck built the scrape. By using EverCalm, I am making the licking branch smell like deer have used the licking branch. By building mock rubs and by using scent in the scrape, deer can find the scrape two different ways: by smell or by sight. By using this method, 95% of the time my scrapes become active scrapes.”


ELIMINATE HUMAN ODOR

 

Many hunters don’t build mock scrapes because they have had a negative experience with scrapes. In many cases, Roberts believes that happens for a couple different reasons. “Probably the most common reason why deer spook when they approach a scrape is because human odor was left behind at the scrape. Hunters should be as scent free as possible. I wear rubber gloves and boots when I build scrapes and put EverCalm on my boots. Human odor ruins a lot of scrapes. Second, small bucks will often get spooked by a scrape if they think a big buck made the scrape. They will smell it and run away.”


BE PATIENT

 

Roberts is a firm believer in hunting over scrapes.  He is quick to point out that if a hunter wants to be successful when hunting over scrapes, hunting all day is a necessity. “Our research shows that many bucks check scrapes in the middle of the day. They want to catch the other bucks or the does near the scrape so they will often check them in the afternoon so I hunt all day. The problem is most people work during the day. If a hunter guy wants to increase his odds of killing a mature buck, they need to hunt over scrapes during the middle of the day. My favorite time to hunt over scrapes is early afternoon during late October and early November.”

The key to success when hunting over scrapes according to Roberts is building a good quality scrape and sticking with it. Don’t get impatient.

NEW DEER SCENT TECHNOLOGY

 

Sidebar: Not much has changed in the deer urine industry in the last decade or so ... until recently. Conquest Scents recently partnered with Wyndscent, a company out of Grand Rapids, Michigan that makes a scent dispenser that vaporizes deer scent.  It heats up the scent and turns it into a fine vapor. Independent testing by a tracker and his bloodhound determined the dog could smell the heated vapor from several hundred yards away. The cool thing with the Wyndscent unit is it is controlled by a remote control so hunters don’t need to pour scent in a scrape or contaminate the ground with human odor. They can turn it on and off from their treestand. Conquest Scents most popular scents can be purchased for the Wyndscent unit. Learn more about this new technology at www.wyndscent.com.

Every Deer Hunter Should Try Synthetic Urine

By Tracy Breen

 

Deer season is here.  This means many guys are standing in the checkout line at the store holding a bottle of pee.  Most deer hunters at some point or another over the course of their life have used deer urine in an attempt to get a big buck to walk within shooting distance of their treestand or ground blind. Some deer hunters say they wouldn’t hunt without using a certain brand of deer urine. Over the years, many hunters have shown me pictures of big bucks on their trail cameras or grip and grin photos of them with the buck of a lifetime.  They say they wouldn’t have killed the buck if it wasn’t for the mock scrape they built and the bottle of urine they poured into the scrape.   

For every hunter who swears by mock scrapes filled with deer urine, there is a hunter who says the urine he used spooked the buck he was hoping to tag.  Some hunters love using deer urine; others hate using it.  One thing is certain: the way deer urine is purchased and sold is changing.  The type of urine hunters will be able to use in the woods is changing too.   

CWD Is Spreading

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is slowly but surely spreading across North America. As the disease spreads, Fish and Game Departments are spending a lot of time researching the problem and doing what they can to stop it from spreading. One of the things they have looked at closely over the last several years is bottled deer urine. Many biologists believe that the prions that cause CWD can be spread via a bottle of urine. Until recently, the deer urine business hasn’t been regulated. Deer farmers can put urine in a bottle and call it whatever they want and sell it to any hunter or store they desire. Because the business of collecting and selling urine isn’t one that is tightly regulated, some states are taking it upon themselves to ban the sale of deer urine. So far, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia have banned the sale of deer urine. Many other states have been considering banning the sale of deer urine.

ATA Approved Scent

The Archery Trade Association (ATA) recently created a a deer protection program that sets guidelines and procedures in place for manufacturers and suppliers of deer urine who want to sell urine within the ATA. Members that adhere to the program can put a seal of approval on their products. Members of the program must manage their deer herd and bottle their urine in a facility that meets certain standards. The goal of the program is to ensure that the urine being sold does not contain CWD causing prions.

The majority of scent companies within the outdoor industry including Wyndscent are following the guidelines. Will this protection program be enough to stop the spread of CWD? Will more states ban the use of deer urine?



Synthetic Deer Urine May Be the Answer

The odds of more states banning the use of deer urine for hunting purposes is extremely high. If deer urine is banned, what will hunters do? The best option is using synthetic scents. Synthetic deer scents have been around for decades. In fact, I used a bottle of synthetic deer urine for the first time when I was a teenager. At the time, many people laughed at the idea of using fake deer pee when hunting. People aren’t laughing at the idea anymore.

Synthetic Deer Urine Works

Synthetic deer urine works. If used properly, it can attract deer and other big game animals. In fact, in some cases, synthetic deer urine is a better option than real urine. It is legal everywhere.  You don’t have to worry about being stopped by a game warden or given a ticket for carrying around a bottle of urine.

Synthetic Deer Urine Doesn’t Spoil Like Real Urine

Another reason synthetic urine is a great choice is because it doesn’t break down like real urine. It doesn’t take long after a bottle is filled with urine before the urine starts to smell bad. Some companies sell fresh urine that fools a buck’s nose most the time. Some scents, on the other hand, have spent a long time on the store shelf before they are sold. Because synthetic urine isn’t real urine, it smells fresh much longer.

Finding a Quality Synthetic Urine

Not all synthetic urine is created equal, but over the last decade, many companies have started producing synthetic deer urine that is very effective in the woods. As the demand for synthetic urine rises over the next several years, the quality of synthetic deer urine is sure to rise as well.  

The Vapor Scent Advantage

Wyndscent is one company that is on the cutting edge of deer scent technology.   Wyndscent offers a deer scent dispenser that vaporizes deer scent. Independent testing has shown that the heated vapor scent can be smelled hundreds of yards away. Wyndscent makes a high quality synthetic estrus scent for their unit that drives bucks wild during the rut.


Vapor Deer Scent Travels Further

Best of all, the Wyndscent unit can be operated from up to 40 yards. When a hunter wants to put out heated vapor scent, they can hit a button on their remote, so they are not contaminating the area with human odor like sometimes occurs when building mock scrapes.

There is no question synthetic deer urine is here to stay. Pick up a Wyndscent unit and take advantage of heated vapor scent.

Levi Morgan Decoy Tactics

By Tracy Breen



Levi Morgan is one of the most recognized names in archery today. He wins a pile of archery tournaments every year and is one heck of a hunter.  One of his favorite things to hunt is big whitetails.  Over the last several years, he has been hunting whitetails over a Dave Smith deer decoy and loves how close bucks come to the decoy when he is bowhunting.  “I love watching deer react to a good doe decoy.  Bucks love to come in and check them out,” Morgan explained. 
 
Decoys can really help bowhunters punch a tag because a decoy can quickly distract a a big buck. “I love hunting over decoys because a bowhunter needs a buck close. Getting a shot is much easier when the buck is distracted by the decoy,” Morgan added.
 
When setting up a decoy, Morgan prefers having the decoy facing his treestand so when a buck approaches the decoy to face off, he will give Morgan a broadside or quartering away shot before he is about to attack the buck decoy. Of course Morgan prefers to have the wind in his face and the decoy out in front of him twenty or thirty yards away so he can take a close shot. “I can take longer shots, but the wonderful thing about a decoy is I can put it right in front of me and know exactly how far away it is so when the shot opportunity presents itself, I don’t have much guess work before the shot.”
 
One issue Morgan says happens occasionally when a buck approaches a decoy is it gets spooked because the decoy isn’t moving. “To reduce the chances of a buck getting spooked, I use a Wyndscent vapor deer scent unit. I place the unit right under the decoy so when a buck approaches the decoy, he smells real deer scent. It vaporizes urine and the scent travels extremely far as it is heated up and vaporized.”
 
One thing Morgan has noticed about using the scent is even when the wind direction isn’t just right, the scent peaks the curiosity of a buck and then comes in.  “I have had bucks catch my wind, get a little spooky, but come in when they smell the Wyndscent unit. The scent is strong and works much better than pouring scent onto the ground. The Dave Smith decoy combined with a Wyndscent is a great combo.”
 
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Travel Corridors: Learn to Beat Deer at Their Own Game

By Pro Staffer- John Ruiz, Jr.

 

What are travel corridors? Where are these high traffic travel areas located? What is a pinch point, and what causes deer to use these travel areas? These are common questions that every hunter will encounter at some point in their hunting career. The answer to these questions can be found through years worth of experience on your own hunting properties. I’ll address these questions and give you some insight from my own experiences in the timber.

Travel Routes

There are many lessons to learn in the whitetail woods. One of the most important strategies to decipher is learning your property’s travel routes. This one thing can instantly keep you in the game. Sometimes just seeing a deer can be the difference between becoming a hunter for life and just another check on the bucket list. Nobody really enjoys not seeing deer during a hunt, especially the young hunter, our future generational conservationists. Yes, there is more to hunting than harvesting an animal and seeing deer, but seeing them consistently will keep you in the field more often. To see more deer, you must think like a deer and figure out where they move in their environment.

Locate Bedding, Food, and Cover

The game animals on your property consistently travel from bedding, to cover, to food and back. Your property will likely have several bedding areas. It will also contain different food sources such as acorns, row crops, or man-made food plots. Take a walk on your property and mentally mark these bedding areas and food sources. Get on Google maps or Google Earth and click through layering filters. That will help you read the flow of your land, see the high and low points, and locate these food- to- bed areas easily. This will intern give you the best idea of how the deer travel through your property. Learning how to read topographic maps will teach you the flow of your property, but it can also teach you how to do the same thing on an out-of-state lease. It will also help you see if that outfitter you’ve been thinking about booking has some good land or if it’s worth the price tag. Figuring out how to decipher this puzzle will put you in the best spot on the property before you ever set one foot on the dirt.



Learn Their Roads

So what are travel corridors? They are simply routes that game animals use to maneuver around your property. These game animals are masters of their environment, and you are the student. They have spent their entire life on this property and know how to move, when to move, where to move, so it’s your job to try and beat them at their own game.


The Road Less Traveled By

Where are these travel areas located? They are typically located between bedding, thick cover, and food. They are also located between water holes, streams, and rivers. They can be easy to spot. Many times heavy tracks, or a well worn down trail will show you how they are moving. However, it is much more difficult to locate a big buck’s travel corridor. He often uses the path less traveled by, slipping in and out of edge cover. He will use a trail high upon the ridge, or zigs and zags through thick cover. He will also use a tall agricultural field to give you the slip when you least expect it.

Pinch Points

What is a pinch point? A pinch point is where two or more varied terrain elements converge together. This is typically a very high traffic hub that the deer will use for communication purposes. If you’ve found one of these, you’re in the right spot to hang a stand. Pinch points are a hunter’s best friend, especially during the rut when the big boys are on the move seeking those receptive does. A great pinch point example would be where a hard bend in a river or stream occur, making a natural funnel to cross. Where a fence row meets another fence row, causing the deer to flow in a specific way, or where several rolling hills meet. These are all excellent pinch point areas.


 
Figure Out Their Game

Finally, what causes deer to use the travel routes? Deer primarily are creatures of habit. They listen to their bodies like you and I do. When they are hungry, they travel to food. When they are thirsty, they hit the water hole. When they want to feel safe, they creep through thick cover. Keep a keen eye open for these trails, and over the years you will have figured out their game.

 

Using Scents Effectively All Season Long

By Stephen Robinson of Working Class Hunter

 

Using Scents should be a part of every whitetail hunters strategy, especially if you are a bowhunter.  Getting that trophy buck within bow range can be tricky and you need every advantage possible if you hope to consistently harvest mature whitetails.  The use of scents is one of those strategies that can tip the scale in your favor.  As with every strategy, sometimes they work better in combination with other strategies.  I want to talk about my overall scent strategy starting at the beginning of the season all the way to the end.


    
Early Season

During the early season which starts September 15th here in Missouri, I tend to only use a cover scent.  I have had a fair amount of success using EverCalm from ConQuest Scents.  Evercalm is a bedding scent, a collection of scents and smells from actual bedding areas  that will help keep deer at ease.  I’ve also had luck using a pine or acorn based cover scent.  The idea in the early season is to not alert deer that anything unusual is in the area.  I want to get in and out completely undetected so I don’t push deer out of the area.



Pre-Rut


    As the season heats up and we move into the pre-rut phase, my strategy changes drastically.  I shift to an intruder buck or dominant buck scent.  I want those hormone enraged bucks to come find the intruder and kick him out of the area.  This has been a very effective strategy for me over the years.  I’ll typically bring along my rattling antlers, a grunt tube as well as a buck decoy.  Through experiences and failures, I have found that sometimes scent alone will not get a mature buck to commit.  He didn’t get to be mature by only following his nose.  He’s smart enough to trust his nose, but he also looks and listens for confirmation before he’s willing to commit.  If I have an intruder buck scent out during the pre-rut I will rattle at any bucks that I see from afar as well as blind rattling occasionally.  You have to be careful blind rattling, there might already be a buck closing in and you can run a buck off if he catches on.   A decoy has been a huge part of my success as a mature buck hunter.  I’m a firm believer that with the use of a strategy that implements the right scent, the right amount of rattling and a visual cue, those mature bucks feel compelled to commit, especially during the pre-rut.  Those bucks are trying to establish and defend their territory and they will try and push out any intruders.  I can only think of one buck on my wall that didn’t fall to either one or a combination these three strategies.  

 


Peak Rut

    Once the rut kicks into full swing, I switch over to a doe estrus scent and will either leave the decoy at home or set it up as a doe.  I’ll try and position myself on travel routes and funnels.  Bucks will have the does moving and they’ll typically take well established trails or the path of least resistance.  The use of a doe estrus scent in this setup might just slow that mature buck down long enough to get a shot at him.  Keep in mind, these bucks have a one track mind when the rut is hot and it’s nearly impossible to get their attention off that hot doe they are chasing.  The hopes are you catch one that hasn’t already locked down with a doe and entice him to step into range.

 


Mid Rut

    Once the initial rut has slowed down, you can typically find those bucks out carb loading in the fields.  They have been running hard for the past couple weeks and their bodies need to recover.  I typically spend my time hunting field edges and I’m back to the strategy of being invisible, I’m only using a cover scent for the next few weeks.  


Secondary Rut

    It’s important to keep track of rut activity each season to hopefully identify the peak of the rut. If you know when the peak of the rut happened, you will know when to expect the secondary rut.  Does have a 28 day estrus cycle, that means that if a doe isn’t breed during the rut, they will come back into estrus 28 days later.  This presents another opportunity to catch up with that typically illusive mature buck.  As the secondary rut approached, I will switch back to a buck urine scent like the J&S Intruder buck.  I will also start using my buck decoy again.  This time of year, the bucks are going to be a bit more cautious than they were during the first pre-rut, they have most likely survived an eventful gun season so they are well aware of the human intrusion into their domain.  A decoy is a great way to force a hesitant buck to commit.  There’s honestly nothing like watching a dominant buck stomp in and measure up a decoy, if your lucky he will give you the shot opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  

 



Scent Dispersal

    We’ve come a long way as hunters over the years and the hunting industry has continued to innovate and provide us with products that help tip the scale in our favor.  When I first started using deer pee, I would use a 35mm film canister with some cotton in it to absorb the scent.  Then I moved on to using scent wicks, then gel scents, aerosol based scents.  All of those are adequate ways of dispersing scents, however Wyndscent has designed an even better way to dispense and disperse those scents. One of the drawbacks to typical scent dispersal is that it doesn’t necessarily provide a way to disperse scent into a large area.  The Wynscent unit has solved that problem by turning the scent into vapor that can be carried by the wind.  Vapor is neither heavier nor lighter than air, therefore it doesn’t fall to the ground or rise up out of usable range.  It’s carried with the wind, effectively leaving a line of scent that any buck crossing will notice.  You can place the Wynscent unit on the ground, or hang it from a branch to help disperse the scent however you want.  You can run the unit on a cycle or on demand.  You can use it to dispense a cover scent, an attractant or a deer lure.  It can be used all season long, you just change out the scent as your strategies shift. I know the Wynscent unit has been a game changer for me. Give one a try and see if it makes you a better hunter as well.

Spearing Bears With Tim Wells

 

By Tracy Breen

 

Tim Wells, the host of Relentless Pursuit TV is known for hunting all kinds of different game including deer, elk and bear. What makes him different is he often uses blow guns and spears to hunt. On a recent black bear hunt, he wanted to spear a bear and used the Wyndscent vapor unit to help bring bears in extra close. “When I am hunting with a spear, I need the bear to be really close. It is best if they are right under my treestand. On a hunt I was on last month, I was hunting over bait but I decided to use the Wyndscent unit as well. Research shows the vapor scent travels a great distance. The Donut Shop scent that Wyndscent makes smells extremely sweet and strong, so I knew it would work well bringing bears in close.”
 
Many bear hunters need a bear to stop broadside at 20 or 30 yards. When hunting with a spear, Wells prefers bears to be at the base of his tree. “Instead of having the Wyndscent unit on the ground 20 yards away, I had it up in the treestand with me. It worked well. The bear I killed walked right under my treestand trying to figure out where the scent was coming from. The spear did its job and I was able to tag a great bear.”
 
Several people think hunting with a spear is inhumane and wrong. Wells, on the other hand, believes hunting with a spear is humane and challenging. “When a bear is killed with a spear, the animal quickly dies. Getting a bear within a few feet of my treestand can be difficult which is the fun and challenging part about hunting with a spear.”
 
Bear hunting with a bow is difficult. Bear hunting with a spear is an extreme challenge. If you want to try something new that will get your heart pounding, try bear hunting with a spear. “Like bowhunting, I practice with my spear so I know exactly how and where to aim,” Wells explained. “Anyone who wants to hunt this way will need to get a good spear and spend a lot of time practicing.”

Wyndscent Maintenance and Troubleshooting

 

Basic Wyndscent Unit Maintenace

 

NOTE: make sure you read the provided instructions before operating the Wyndscent Unit.

 

If your Wyndscent Unit doesn't seem to be vaping like it should, please watch the maintenance video below and perform the basic maintenance steps.

 

 

Clean Your Coil

 

It is a good maintenance practice to clean your coil on a regular basis. Simply take a q-tip or the provided cleaning tool and insert into the the center of the coil. Cleaning the coil takes away any residue buildup that might be hindering the unit from outputting the most vapor possible.

 

 

Clean Your Control Section

 

If the top of your control section has residue built up, carefully clean it with a q-tip (make sure to NOT insert the q-tip into the hole that goes down into the control section).

NOTE: If you properly store the Wyndscent Unit, any residue buildup will be very minimal. It is always best to remove the tank section of your unit when you are not using the unit. It is also best to store the tank section UPSIDE DOWN to avoid any leakage.

 

 

 

Keep Your Battery Charged

 

If your unit isn't putting our much vapor, make sure your battery is fully charged. A single charge should go for 25 hours of runtime, but a fully charged battery will always perform the best.

 

 

Keep Your Threading Greased

 

Included with your Wyndscent unit should be a small package of grease. If your unit's sections do not unscrew easily, it is a good idea to apply some grease to the threading with a q-tip.

 

 

 

Wyndscent Troublshooting

 

If for some reason your unit doesn't seem to be vaping at all (even after following the above maintenance tips), go through the trouble shooting steps below.

 

1. Make sure your unit is actually on. You should be seeing a green or red light on the front of the unit (red = standby mode, green = run mode). The green light will be blinking when the unit is activated (vaping).

2. Make sure you don't have the sections of the unit tightened down too far. There is no need to be a guerrilla. Simply loosening the sections of the unit often fixes the problem.

 

If you have followed the above steps and your unit is still not working properly, don't hesitate to reach out to us at info@wyndscent.com and explain your problem.

 

Four Reasons Why Deer Hunters Should Build Mock Scrapes Now

 

BY TRACY BREEN
 
Most deer hunters don’t think about building mock scrapes until just before the rut, but summer is a great time to put down a mock scrape or two. Below we will give you several reasons serious hunters should build mock scrapes now instead of waiting until October or November.
 
BUILDING A COMMUNITY SCRAPE
 
Most hunters think of scrapes only as something bucks use to mark their territory during the fall. Although bucks make a lot of scrapes in the fall, it isn’t the only time of year scrapes are used. In fact, does and fawns use scrapes throughout the year. Deer often communicate with each other via a scrape. These scrapes are often called a community scrape and are used all year. This type of scrape is often in a major travel corridor where many deer pass by on a daily basis. A community scrape usually has a licking branch. As a hunter, the goal this time of year is to create a scrape that lots of deer will use.
 
 
BUILD SEVERAL SCRAPES
 
If you build a scrape this time of year, make sure it has a licking branch. If you are building the scrape in an area without a lot of trees, don’t be afraid to bring in a small tree and build a scrape under it. The goal during the summer should be to build several of these scrapes in key areas. Some will likely get used regularly and others won’t. Hanging a camera over the scrapes will allow you to take inventory of the deer in your area as well as teach you where deer movement is concentrated. Over the years, I have often been surprised by which new scrapes receive the most activity and which ones never get used at all.
 
USING SCRAPES AS A SCOUTING TOOL
 
One major reason to build scrapes this time of year is to get deer used to using your strategically placed scrapes. Build scrapes near bedding areas, food plots and travel corridors. Build them in places where you can hang a treestand nearby. By building a scrape months in advance, the scrape may become a place they frequent all summer and fall. When hunting season arrives, you can hunt the scrapes that are seeing the most action. Summer time scrape building is a great scouting tool to truly figure out deer activity.
 
BUILD SCRAPES IN THE SUMMER...KILL OVER THEM IN THE FALL
 
By building your scrapes months in advance and leaving the scrape alone for the majority of summer, there won’t be human odor or hunting pressure.  When the timing is right during the rut, hunting over these scrapes or near them can be a great way to fill a tag.
 
Last but not least, use very little deer urine when building these scrapes.  Tear up the ground and make sure a licking branch is over the scrape. When the rut arrives, put a Wyndscent vapor unit near the scrape when you hunt. The fresh smell of doe in estrus will help pull the bucks into the area where they know a regularly used scrape already exists.
 
Building mock scrapes during the summer is inexpensive, easy to do, and can help you increase your odds of success this fall.

 

DO SYNTHETIC DEER SCENTS WORK

 

BY TRACY BREEN

As laws change because of CWD, more deer hunters are wondering if synthetic deer scents are a better option. For decades, the norm has been to walk into a sporting goods store, purchase a bottle of deer pee, and then pour it on the ground near a treestand. Over the years,  many have noticed not all pee is created equal. In fact, some deer scents that are available on the market today are not true deer pee.

One problem with buying deer urine is that it doesn’t stay fresh for long.  As the urine breaks down, it starts to give off a foul smell. This smell is unnatural and can actually spook deer. If you have ever hunted over a mock scrape, I am sure you have experienced what happens when a deer smells something in a mock scrape it doesn’t like...it typically runs off. There are many quality scents on the market today, but because of changing laws, more people are asking themselves if they should try synthetic urines. Below are three reasons deer hunters should try it.  

USING DEER URINE CAN BE AGAINST THE LAW


1 ~  Hunters should try synthetic scents because some states have outlawed the use of deer urine being used as a hunting attractant. One of the biggest hunting states in the nation has outlawed deer urine. As time passes, more states will change laws, making it more difficult for hunters to use actual deer urine. Now is a great time to try synthetic deer urine.

SYNTHETIC DEER SCENT COULD LAST LONGER


2 ~ Hunters should try synthetic deer urine because it doesn’t have a short shelf life like many of the deer scents that are currently available on the market. As urine breaks down, the odor changes. Because synthetic urines are not urine-based, they don’t break down. The scent you buy today can be used months from now. Synthetic scents consistently smell the same, which means you have less chance of spooking game if used properly.

SYNTHETIC DEER SCENTS WORK


3 ~ Hunters should try synthetic scents because they work. I have used synthetic scents many times over the last 20 years. I have seen deer walk up to my mock scrapes and pee in them, sniff them, and mess around in them for several minutes. When used properly, synthetic deer scents work great.

Hunting over mock scrapes is an art, not a science. I have seen deer fall in love with mock scrapes and visit them daily and I have seen mock scrapes get ignored. Using synthetic scents this fall isn’t going to increase your odds of success ten fold, but it can help you outsmart deer.

If you are looking for a great synthetic deer scent, check out our synthetic estrus scent that was formulated to work with our Wyndscent unit, which vaporizes scent. Click this link for more information on our synthetic estrus scent. https://www.wyndscent.com/synthetic-estrus.

The Bloodhount Test

Here at Fourth Arrow, we know that vapor scent can carry a long way, but we wanted to find out how far away an animal could smell heated vapor scent. We asked our good friend, Tracker John to see how far away his bloodhounds could smell the vapor coming out of our Wyndscent unit.


Tracker John is considered by many to be the best tracker in the outdoor industry. He is a full-time tracker who owns multiple bloodhounds and spends his days training and tracking deer. We sent him a Wyndscent unit and let him put his bloodhounds to work to determine if vapor scent is more effective them pouring deer urine on the ground. “There is no question that the dogs could smell the vapor scent 250-300 yards away,” said Tracker John.


Weather and a variety of other factors can determine how far away animals can smell odors. We are confident that heated vapor scents travel further than scents that are simply dumped on the ground. Watch the bloodhounds put the Wyndscent unit to the test below.

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