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#5976812 - 10/14/15 08:27 AM what does a deers nose know?
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Bird Dog

Registered: 07/09/13
Posts: 310
Loc: Ft.Worth Texas
This may or may not have already been discussed but in todays message I would like to begin by asking.....Who stays as perfectly scent free as possible?
As for me, I squirt a splash of scent killer on and away I go. A good measure as follows
Saturday I got down to the ranch for a quickie. I dressed out in camo's shot the bow a bit got a squirt and tried to find a fresh cow patty. I will step in the cow patties for my boots to help cover me up as good as possible. I forget about using deer attractant because maybe the bottle of urine is from an alcoholic deer and has too much other stuff in it. I will use whats available to me that the deer smell everyday. So fast forward I'm walking to my tree and check my feeder (I hunt the feeder from an acorn bearing tree ). Feeder is full with no corn on the spinner. I cant even get a stick in the hole ( thinking paper had gotten in the way) so I decide that a fresh chaw and cold beer will help ease me through the duress of surgery on my feeder for the afternoon hunt. I took the cage off, and feeder unit to reveal the funnel somehow shifted inside the barrel. A good pocket knife solved my problem by cutting out what part of the funnel that kept the corn from being dispensed. Through all of this after putting everything back, I managed to nearly cut my finger off with blood running down 3 fingers covered the ground and beer can that knocked over. my fresh chew was spit all over the ground and still had no fear of what I was doing. Ended up having 9 deer on my adventure and every one of them went and stayed under my tree munching on fallen acorns and buck corn.
What is yalls take? For the record, if another hunter harvests a buck, I am usually first to get dibs on the tarsal glands. I will let them marinate in a plastic bag for a day or so then throw them in my hunting area. Works every time for the good bucks!

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#5976825 - 10/14/15 08:33 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
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Registered: 12/29/14
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Loc: Conroe, TX
You spilled your beer, cut your finger, and you didn't harvest a deer? Sounds like a rough outing sir
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#5976828 - 10/14/15 08:36 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3012
Loc: Conroe, TX
On a serious note I don't go too extreme with scent control. I keep all my gear in a cedar chest and hunt the wind as much as possible. My Red Seal Wintergreen doesn't seem to bother the deer confused2
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#5976843 - 10/14/15 08:45 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 07/09/13
Posts: 310
Loc: Ft.Worth Texas
I was more or less window shopping this weekend. Woould have shot given the fact that a big buck would have stepped out. Last year I harvested a nice 11 point typical on opening weekend. It has to be a wall hanger for me to flip the safety or come full draw

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#5976855 - 10/14/15 08:50 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
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Interesting read.....
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#5976896 - 10/14/15 09:13 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
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Registered: 12/23/14
Posts: 184
Loc: BANDERA TX
I have come to the conclusion that all our rituals are based on what has worked for us. I dont think something that works for me will necessarily work for you. I listen a lot and hear all kinds of crazy stuff, and I think at the end of the day the deer are going to be there or not, smell you or not, see you or not and get shot or not, and it all seems more like chance than anything else.
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#5976949 - 10/14/15 09:39 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: stxranchman]
jshouse Offline
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Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6238
Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Interesting read.....


if it had a few more flag hammer cheers clap's I might think it was authored by someone else...
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#5977022 - 10/14/15 10:13 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: jshouse]
matpk Offline
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Registered: 03/06/15
Posts: 756
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Very interesting. laugh

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#5977026 - 10/14/15 10:15 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: jshouse]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Originally Posted By: jshouse
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Interesting read.....


if it had a few more flag hammer cheers clap's I might think it was authored by someone else...

I got cheap posts flag
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#5977047 - 10/14/15 10:28 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
jshouse Offline
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Registered: 01/24/10
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long live pappy flag
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#5977056 - 10/14/15 10:30 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: stxranchman]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: jshouse
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Interesting read.....


if it had a few more flag hammer cheers clap's I might think it was authored by someone else...

I got cheap posts flag


My thoughts exactly.

Except the tarsal gland bit, dad has always don't that and it has produced some very good bucks for the areas he has hunted.
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#5977067 - 10/14/15 10:38 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
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Registered: 08/27/12
Posts: 2996
Loc: Watauga, TX
I think we give deer a little bit too much credit some times. Yes they see well, yes they smell well, but we sometimes act like they are super heroes, with super abilities. Are older deer smarter than younger deer? Probably. But they aren't the greatest, most powerful creatures on the planet.

I've heard people say a deer can detect up to 9 smells at one time. Says who? I don't know any scientist or otherwise who has had an in depth conversation with a deer about how many items they can smell at once.

Like I said at the start. Yes they have a good sense of smell, and yea, its much better than ours is. But there are just as many stories just like this as there are of guys getting "winded" and deer running off. It's a crap shoot as far as I'm concerned.
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#5977101 - 10/14/15 10:53 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
Carlos B Offline
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Registered: 11/07/14
Posts: 61
Originally Posted By: Drop 1
For the record, if another hunter harvests a buck, I am usually first to get dibs on the tarsal glands. I will let them marinate in a plastic bag for a day or so then throw them in my hunting area. Works every time for the good bucks!


Quick question:

What is the purpose of this? Please forgive my ignorance. confused2

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#5977137 - 10/14/15 11:14 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Drop 1]
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
taking the tarsal glands from a dominate buck into a different area or property tends to draw out the dominate (or want to be) buck to see who's invading his territory. I have had good to mixed results with this.
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#5977147 - 10/14/15 11:23 AM Re: what does a deers nose know? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 23426
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I think we give deer a little bit too much credit some times. Yes they see well, yes they smell well, but we sometimes act like they are super heroes, with super abilities. Are older deer smarter than younger deer? Probably. But they aren't the greatest, most powerful creatures on the planet.

I've heard people say a deer can detect up to 9 smells at one time. Says who? I don't know any scientist or otherwise who has had an in depth conversation with a deer about how many items they can smell at once.

Like I said at the start. Yes they have a good sense of smell, and yea, its much better than ours is. But there are just as many stories just like this as there are of guys getting "winded" and deer running off. It's a crap shoot as far as I'm concerned.


They are not jedi masters, but their noses work better than ours. I have walked to the blind walked around the feeder with a bucket of corn and scattered some then wakled to the stand and waited for the sun to come up. Shortly aft light have a deer come in walk out and get to the path I walked stop smell look around smell the ground and follow my path all the way around the feeder exactly where I walked stopping every once in a while to look around then about 30-40 yards infront of the blind stopping looking up at the blind and then walk off. Had it happen more than once.

Been winded at over 100 yards just from wind carrying scent. They aren't the biggest and badest critter in the brush that's why they have good noses, it helps them live.
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