You Can’t Do That: Peeing While You’re Deer Hunting

Ask 10 or 50 or 100 deer hunters whether they let it fly or take a bottle with them in the stand and you’ll get a wide range of answers.

Yes, we’re talking about peeing in the stand. Hunters have to do it and we’ve all thought about it, right? We’ve all thought about hanging on for another 30 or 60 minutes to get back to the truck or cuttin’ loose and not worrying about it. Or, if you planned ahead, using the bottle in your pack.

Do deer pay attention if you answer the call of nature from your stand?

Do deer pay attention if you answer the call of nature from your stand?

That’s about it when it comes to answering the call of nature while you’re in a treestand or blind.  Adult males produce 800 to 2,000 milliliters of urine a day with a normal fluid intake of about 2 liters per day. Unless you’re going to be in and out for a quick hunt, chances are good you’ll have to go.

I’ve done all three things. I don’t believe the odor, if any, of human urine is a detriment if deer are around. I think they’ll notice; deer are curious. Some might ignore it, others may depart. We’ve all seen deer act crazy about something we couldn’t see and not care about other stuff, like if we put out some kind of attractant.

I’ve talked with veteran hunters who aren’t concerned with peeing from a stand. Others, however, are completely against introducing any foreign odors. They use a bottle or hold it.

What do you think? Does it matter and do you hold, go or carry a bottle with you?


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