So, after all that rambling, where do you stand on gun oil? I'm not sure I made it out anywhere in your text? Just curious to know if its
A.) Doesn't affect the deer's behavior
B.) Positively does influence a deer.
My point, rambling as it might have been, was that this whole issue of scent reduction seems goofy to me. [ul][*]Deer supposedly have these incredible noses. However, we go dragging smelly firearms into the woods and they're not supposed to mind. I can smell gun oil. Probably you can. So why not deer?
[*]Deer can supposedly smell 10,000 times better than we can, but we can smell the naptha in our rubber boots 10 years after we buy them. They supposedly can't.
[*]Deer have super-sensitive noses, but they are immune to smelling ATV's[/ul]Gun Oil? I just painted two of my ladder stands this year with De-Rusto Industrial. Two weeks later, I had deer chewing their cud under them. My conclusion? I don't think deer are particularly sensitive to petroleum distillates. I can still smell the stands, if I put my nose to them.
My firearms undoubtedly smell of not only gun oil, but probably: [ul][*]Kerosene[*]Automatic Transmission Fluid[*]Mineral Spirits[*]Acetone[/ul]. . . the ingredients of Ed's Red, a classic homebrew powder solvent and lubricant. Sure, I wipe as much of it off as possible, but I'm sure it's still on the firearms when I go out. I can sure smell it. If THAT doesn't get the deer running away, I'm not sure what would. I doubt Hoppes, Rem-Oil , or any other preparation would have a different effect.
You want real life? My example was that a doe busted my son at 200 yards up in his stand after the wind changed, but there I am with my smokepole less than 50 yards away, having been upwind of the critter for the better part of an hour. It was cleaned with Ed's Red.
My other point in this, obscure though it was, is that it seems that deer DO seem to have a sensitivity to human body odor. My only sin that weekend seemed to have been using the same poly-pro undershirt two days in a row. On Day 2 of that hunt, the deer really let me know.
I hope that clears up any misunderstandings.
By the way, If anyone wants to try Ed's Red:
Ed's Red Recipe
I shoot a lot, so mixing this stuff up by the gallon really makes sense.
The recipe says that a 50/50 mix of the first two components (Kerosene and ATF) makes a dandy gun oil. That's what I use. I can't guarantee the deer don't smell it, but they don't seem to mind it. For a lot of deer, it's been the last thing they smell.