ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
I've yet to use mine for deer season, but I do know some guys that have used them in Canada for bear hunting, and they claim that they've had no adverse effects. But on that point, consider this: Just because deer can smell them, DOESN'T necessarily mean that they will be scared off by it. Maybe after enough of them are in use, and they begin to associate their odor with A THREAT, they will then be spooked by it. Just a thought. Example: Years ago (and for you young snot-nosed whippersnappers that were hunting for your blankies in the 80's...this applies to YOU! [;)] ), there was a product called "Skunk Skreen" out that was supposed to be a Godsend for deer hunters as a cover scent. I was a synthetic skunk odor, and it smelled EXACTLY like the real thing. It came in two parts, and you mixed part A with part B when you got to your stand. Anyway, it took a year or so, and then every bowhunter I knew was using it. Hey.....skunk are a natural animal in the woods, right? So what better cover scent! Weeeeeell.......after a couple of years, many deer in hard hunted areas started being spooked off when they caught the odor of skunk! Maybe because every time they smelled it they either SAW a man, or had an arrow go whizzing over their back. Experience is the best teacher!
but there was some odor that came from the unit. I don't know if it was the repellent pad or what it was, but I could smell some odor and I'm not sure if I'll use it during early bow season
I bought the product htis year as well for bow season. They (everyone) inisists that deer cannot smell it. We'll see.
I have used the "skunk screen cover scent" and man does it reek! I don't use it anymore, after I figured that skunk scent is a defence, warning, and attack style scent. I would think if skunks use it for all that, a deer might get the wrong impression if I use it. I have used coon urine, but I can't stand the smell of it. BTW, What are the "deer scents" therma cell has for its product?