Read the article about how great the Pre-orbital gland lure is, noticed the plug put in on where to purchase the lure, checked it out and they want a very high price for it.
I am very curious as to to how they aquire so much lure form a deer's head gland, enough to fill enough bottles to put on the market, I'm sure these excretions are very miminal from the deer. I wish that Consumer Reports would test these products to see if they are what they should be.
Can anybody answere this question.
I can answer it, since I wrote the article. Yes, at $30 for a small bottle, pre-orbital gland lure seems expensive.
Figure it this way. First
, it's a glandular lure, so you are right -- a deer produces very little in the way of glandular secretions compared to urine. Second
, every deer produces urine over and over. All the deer farmer needs to do is have a way to collect it, and they acquire very large volumes. Not so with pre-orbital gland lure. Any buck that produces pre-orbital gland lure can do it only once. It comes from dead deer.
Those factors alone will make the price much higher than a bottle of doe pee. Then... third
, it's very difficult to get access to enough bucks to produce the stuff. No one has a herd of bucks they collect pre-orbital secretions from. Instead, the lure maker has to get access to hundreds of dead bucks. That's not as easy as you might think. Taxidermists generally won't cooperate because the procedure in collecting it is to scrape up any secretion that's on the outside of the duct, and then cut into the pre-orbital area and take out the gland itself. Taxidermists don't want anyone messing with the heads that way. Fourth
, each secretion/gland must be isolated from others in the collection process, adding to the cost of collection.
Every luremaker has his own ways, and most of them try to keep it a trade secret, so there may be more than one way to do this. But this luremaker was married to a pharmacist, who taught him how to liquify it, emulsify it, clarify it, and blend it with something odorless and completely innocuous to make it into an oily liquid that can be applied to the licking branch.
That's why it's so expensive -- $30 for a 1¼ ounce bottle from http://www.shopdeerhunting.com
Now, here's why it should be considered inexpensive: First
, the buck offers his glands only one time. It's not a renewable product like urine is. The supply of urine is high; the supply of pre-orbital secretions is low. Second
, it lasts a long, long time. It's stable, unlike urine which begins changing composition the minute you open the bottle. Third
, a little goes a long way. You use only a drop at a time, unlike urine which you use ounces at a time. Fourth
, based on my experience, one bottle lasts all through the preseason scouting period beginning at least in June, all the way though deer season. If you were to use urine during that time, you'd use at least a bottle a week. If you were to use urine over a 26 week period, at $10 a bottle that's $260. One $30 bottle of pre-orbital gland lure lasts that long, and if you have any left it will still be good next season.
If you follow what I've said, you'll probably wonder how they can sell it for only $30 a bottle. And I figure he ought to be raising the price. I know how many bottles he can make, and it's a limited number.
As far as Consumer Reports testing stuff like this, I can't see that happening for a lot of reasons. For one thing, they wouldn't know where to begin. For another, they could buy up every bottle in existence with what they'd spend on lab testing, and still have money left over.