Everyday Hunter wrote:Great job, BC. I agree with Kellory on two points -- welcome to the forum, and it might be a good idea to strain it pretty fine.
Do you think this is as effective as other cover scents? (A great cover scent is goldenrod, which is very common, and works on the same principle as your idea does.)
Do you use scent elimination before spraying your cover scent?
Do you have any other DIY videos?
Thanks for posting that.
Thanks EH, glad to be here. To answer your questions:
1) I personally have only been doing this 2 years now and I've by no means studied deer as much as others. To me, it would make sense that smelling like your exact hunting location would bode better than buying a bottle of manufactured cover scent and hoping for the best. My land is right next to a highway and I can even hear cars from my bow stand (VERY annoying) but the point is that maybe my pine trees have a slightly different smell than a bought bottle of cover scent does due to being close to cars, exhaust, hot rubber from tires, etc. To us, yeah they smell the same but I'm betting the deer could tell the difference in a big way.
2) Last year, I never used anything else. I used it pretty liberally as well.
3) I just made the youtube channel in hopes of doing random DIY/How To outdoors videos when I have time. I have a few ideas for videos like deer attractants with cam pics and the set-up and aftermath of my Duke DP coon traps.
shaman wrote:Let me be the odd sprig of stinkweed in the punchbowl.
Look, if you buy into cover scents, this is a cool trick. My worry is the theory of cover scents in and of itself. Let's say the way to your stand is a little weedy. As you walk in, your foot crushes the weeds. The deer can smell that. In fact, often times YOU can smell it. Now you go and sit on your stand, that weed juice is stuck to your boot. Deer can smell it. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Years ago, I saw a post by a deer hunter who stalked deer. He was trying to explain himself to a bunch of stand hunters. He wrote that in his mind deer were capable of smelling the asphalt residue on your boots, the broken weeds you walk on, the type of dirt, even the hole you leave in the air with a no-scent suit. The only cure, in his mind, was to stay moving and stay upwind of the deer.
I'm not so sure about that assessment. Maybe. I question the effect it has on a deer. I have seen deer follow my trail of boot prints through the woods with their tail twitching. In fact, my #3 deer of all time came in following my boot trail-- no cover scent no nothing. Go figure-- just a new pair of leather boots.
After 30 years, I've come to where I just try and keep myself and my clothes as clean and scent-free as possible and let it go at that. Y'all know about my sodium bicarb regimen. That's it for me.
No worries Shaman. To each man his own.