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Tech Talk: How to Build A Scent Control Strategy

Tech Talk: How to Build A Scent Control Strategy

Today's bowhunter has more and better scent lure options than ever before. We here at Bowhunter have shown you how scent-savvy deer hunters use lures year round to monitor deer, target individual bucks, stop deer in shooting lanes and put more deer on the ground. Incorporating scents in your strategy used to be simple. While it can be a bit more complicated these days, you shouldn't get complacent about using scent products.

Mike Carney and Tony Peterson, our experts from Bowhunter TV, teamed up in this segment of Tech Talk to show you how to build an effective scent product strategy.

Vita-Rack 26 Gorge Attractant

With 28 percent protein, Vita-Rack 26 Gorge from Hunter's Specialties is not only a powerful attractant, it's a supplement that provides for increased body weight and better antler growth.

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.

MSRP: $14.99

M.E.E.N. GREEN Fertilizer

New from Mossy Oak Biologic comes M.E.E.N. GREEN fertilizer spray. M.E.E.N. (Maximum, Essential, Effective, Nutrients) GREEN fertilizer is highly effective, water-soluble and easy to apply.

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.

Imperial Whitetail EDGE

With a combination four appealing perennials, Imperial Whitetail EDGE can help hunters create food plots that will establish quickly and draw and hold deer year around.

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)

Hot Trails Scented Hunting Candles

When working in a candle factory, Hot Trails founder Bill Moore thought about how scented candles continued to put out strong aromas whether lit or not.

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.

MSRP: $29.99

Tink's Hot Shot

New from Tink's is a scent-dispersal system designed to put spray attractants out at super long distances. The company's Hot Shot line comes in a bottle with a specially designed tip that emits a super-fine mist when the tip is depressed.

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).

MSRP: $9.99

Tink's Salad Dressin'

Everyone knows a tasty dressing is the key to any salad. Tink's new Salad Dressin' takes that concept to the deer woods.

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.

MSRP: $12.99

Rack Rub

New from Code Blue, Rack Rub Licking Branch Gel is a fantastic curiosity attractant designed to give hunters an edge in the early season when bucks are working scrapes.

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.

MSRP: $10.95


Humans constantly shed skin cells, and those cells are a constant source of alarm to wildlife. By lubricating the skin, INVISIB-OIL significantly reduces the loss of those dry skin cells and therefore reduces the risk of alerting scent-conscious wildlife.

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.

MSRP: $5


Based on a decade of research, development and real-world testing, XCellerator premium whitetail mineral supplement from Rack One is a product that will both attract bucks to your property and help them maximize antler growth.

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)

Harmon Scent Stick

Harmon Scents has packed some of its popular scents into rub-on sticks that are easy to use and effective. The sticks can be used for all manner of applications, including on clothing, scent wicks or on natural features such as rocks, stumps or vegetation.

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.

MSRP: $9.99

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