ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
How many of you cut the rear tarsal glands off the deer you kill, and why?
There are no right or wrong answers here, just information.
I don't. I know some believe that they will taint the meat, but with close to 50 deer that I haven't cut them out of, I've never had a tainted one yet. If it ain't broke..........[;)]
Wow, you guys are fanatics. I saw off the leg just above the tarsal gland & away it goes. I'm not hard core like some of you & prefer not to save the "stink" in my freezer or anywhere near my house or car. [:'(]
I guess I'm a wuss, but I prefer to buy my "stink" in a bottle, and only doe stink. Years ago I read a study by some university that said the scent of a tarsal gland not only shows the sex of the animal, but the dominance of a buck.
So unless you're after dominant bucks only, the scent can actually scare off smaller or non-dominant bucks and, does as well that aren't ready to mate. Anyway, to answer the question ... I leave it in the woods.
ORIGINAL: charlie 01
Not true. I've Had all ages of bucks follow my trail in. I usually walk past my stand first then cut back to my tree. I rattle and watch them pick up my trail and follow it. One time I had 5 come by, maybe 15-20 min. apart. I think with rattling any buck that picks up on that trail, thinks he has the quickest way to find where the action is. Many times I have seen a buck with a doe and there will be numerous other bucks hanging around. They are all in the same game. A fellow hunter friend of mine once saw two big bucks fighting over a doe. While they were at it, a smaller buck came in and bred the doe. They are not afraid to follow any buck scent. It could lead to better things.
Best attractant i've ever used, i will even cut tarsals of fresh roadkill (as long as their not bloody). They will bring in bucks and does of all ages. Seems like they work better if they are used from a deer not from the area. I've even had deer bed underneath"i hang them about 5' off the groung 20-30 yards from my stand" them waiting to see the intruder deer that they smelled.
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