The inexperienced whitetail deer hunters should know that a complete strategy for using scents has three parts: every hunter should remove as much of the human odor as possible; if they can’t remove all of it then the remaining odor left should be covered or absorbed; use scents in order to attract deer closer so that you can have the most suitable position for a deadly shot.
Different types of Whitetail deer scents
The commercial deer scents are divided in two types: attractant scents & masking scents. The first category contains urine, in most cases from doe. The second category contains a large variety of substances that are intended to cover the human odor. The efficiency of scents is a rather controversial topic because no scientific studies have been made regarding this matter so we can’t say that scents are efficient or not but we can affirm that many hunters consider them to be efficient, if properly used.
The Whitetail deer’s nose
In their day to day struggle for survival, the whitetail deer’s nose is the most important part for their protection, as a matter of fact, not many animals have a better nose than the whitetail deer. These animals can detect odors from a much bigger distance in comparison to humans due to the fact that a large part of their brain in “devoted” to odor reception but also interpretation.
The Influence of the Weather
An important factor regarding the usage of scents is the weather because the weather conditions affect how well whitetails detect the scents. A good period for using scents is when there is a steady breeze because it will carry the odors long distances, especially in flat terrain. The odors disperse in gusty winds thus making it harder for the deer to locate the place from where the odor is coming. Warming and cooling air will move the scents towards off away from the whitetail.
In the mornings, the warming air carries the scents uphill while in the evening the cooling air carries the scent downhill. The humid conditions improve the deer’s ability to sniff; on the contrary, heavy rain will wash the odor from the air and it will make it very hard to be detected by the deer.
Using the right scent at the right time
When using scents hunters should keep in mind that the deer’s nose shouldn’t be confused, it should receive exactly what it expects. Using the right scent at the right time will greatly improve your overall hunting efficiency; many hunters don’t really know how to use these scents and they won’t have the expected results. Using sexual-based scents too early will chase away not only does but also small bucks; if the timing isn’t appropriate, these scents will chase away mature bucks too. The main reason for using scents is that so you can attract deer closer to your stand, from where you will have a good position for an efficient shot.
In the rut period
In the rut period, hunters should use doe-in-heat urine because many experienced hunters consider this scent the best for this period but keep in mind that if you use it too early you will greatly diminish your chances for success.
If you are asking yourself why, the answer is because all hunters want the does to come into their direction while hunting; bucks are in the nearby vicinity, in many cases slipping along secondary trails/paralleling the movement of the does. If does pick up a scent of another doe in heat, they will immediately leave the area. For the beginning of the hunting season ( September – early October ) hunters should play to the deer basic instincts : security, hunger and curiosity.