When you walk the floors at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show in Louisville, Ky., one thing you won’t find is a cologne or perfume section. That doesn’t mean bowhunters aren’t concerned about how we smell.
Instead of spraying down with Armani or Christian Dior, we spend our time trying to find the best doe urine, attractant or lure to reel in that monster buck we’ve been dreaming about. It’s a bit of an obsession, but as any whitetailer will tell you, scent matters. Because we know all about it, we at Bowhunter tracked down the latest and greatest deer scents and attractants from the 2013 ATA Show just for you.
Available in an applicator that won’t spill, leak or break, the sticks are available in 10 varieties, including Triple Heat, Dominant Buck, Bear-Cinnamon, Coyote, Fox, Doe Pee and Herd Blend-whitetail.
Moore created a candle using a Doe in Heat scent and the Hot Trails Scented Hunting Candle was born. The scent from the burning candle can travel up to 500 yards and each candle can last for more than five hours.
Including a package of Scented Hunting Candles and a Mini Lantern, the Hot Trails starter kit includes everything a hunter needs to get started with this dynamite scent dispersal system.
The two primary components of EDGE are sainfoin, a cool-season legume, and the proprietary Persist forb, which is the main perennial component of the Whitetail Institute’s popular Whitetail Extreme.
Edge also includes X-9 grazing alfalfas and WINA-100 perennial forage chicory. The combination is drought resistant and cold tolerant.
MSRP: $39.99 (3 pounds)
INVISIB-OIL relies on the same time-tested technique used by Native Americans, who used bear grease to lubricate their skin and to increase their hunting success, which was critical to their survival. The all-natural INVISB-OIL, which is available in a 2-ounce spray bottle, is infused with a light fragrance designed to mimic a hunter’s natural surroundings and to help them remain undetected.
With an NPK ratio of 15-40-5, it provides a formulation that is effective anytime, but which is especially productive for new seedlings. The water-soluble formula enables a much higher absorbtion rate—up to 95 percent—than can be expected from granular formulas.
To mark their territory, bucks deposit forehead gland and pre-orbital scent on low-hanging “licking” branches over scrapes. Using Rack Rub Licking Branch Gel, which is available in 2-ounce bottles, on branches above scrapes and on antler-rubbed trees, represents an infringement on a buck’s territory and is sure to bring the area’s dominant buck in looking to run the intruder off his turf.
That fine mist drifts wider and farther than traditional mists. Hot Shot lure attractants are available in several popular Tink’s varieties, including Tink’s #69 Doe-In-Rut, Tink’s #1 Doe-P, Trophy Buck, Moose, Rabbit (for predators) and Glazed Donuts (for bear).
Available in a tasty honeysuckle blend, the sweet-tasting spray not only features a taste deer can’t resist, it puts off an aroma that calls deer in. Hunters simply spray the formula on vegetation near their setup.
The formula crystallizes on contact, which means it can last for more than a week. It also can be used to sweeten supplemental food sources, such as corn.
Available in granular and liquid form, the Vita-Rack 26 Gorge can be poured directly on the ground or placed in a trough. Liquid Gorge also works well when applied to stumps or mineral blocks.
The granular form comes in 5-pound bags, while the liquid is available in 1-gallon jugs. Eight flavors, including white oak acorn, persimmon and sugar beets, are available.
Designed for use from late winter through early fall, XCellerator consists of roughly 50 percent sodium, along with many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients growing bucks and pregnant or lactating does need. An XCellerator mineral pit will quickly become a hotbed of deer activity in your hunting area.
MSRP: $14.99 (5-pound bag)
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