FWIW A couple times I've tried saving urine from deer I've taken so that I could use it the next season. I put the pee into 35mm film canisters and stuck them in the freezer. One year I even saved the tarsal glands from a buck, wrapped them in plastic and stuck them in the freezer. After taking the pee out of the freezer it seemed to me that it smelled more like the freezer than anything else. Maybe it should have been stored in glass. Maybe it just doesn't last a year. Pretty much the same with the tarsal glands, although I could still smell some of the musky odor. I don't think a whitetail would have been fooled at all. I've read many times that the 'shelf life' of natural scents is not very long and that they're best used when they're fresh. Makes sense to me. Synthetics seem to be a different story.
Gosh, I just don't know what to think about scents. In years past I used them quite a bit. There was only one time, maybe two when I am certain they had a positive effect. Other guys swear by scents so I assume I was screwin' things up. Calling, on the other hand, has gotten better results, especially fawn bleats in early bow season. Great fun!
Don't you wish you could hunt every day during the season so you could experiment with different things? Hunting time is so precious, for me anyway, that I stick to the tried and true. Sometimes though, after filling the freezer, I'll experiement. I've heard that ammonia can attract deer so on a couple occasions I soaked a couple rags in it and hung them on either side of my stand. Same thing with vanilla, imitating Dan Fitzgerald's 'vanilla killa' scent. I've experimented with super aggressive rattling and other things I'm too embarassed to mention! No deer, but a heck of a lot of fun. I wouldn't be surprised if my antics have scared away a lot of deer, and probably amused others!
Bow_hunter, have you ever tried Trails End #307? I've actually had a mature buck touch his nose to the scent wick. On that hunt, I had 2 Pope and Young bucks come into the Trails End scent at the same time. It can be used all season long as an attractant. It was the first week of November when the previously mentioned bucks came to the scent.
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