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#6390182 - 08/01/16 08:39 AM Deer Tarsal Gland
YellowDog Offline
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Registered: 09/27/12
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When do you remove the tarsal gland from a deer? Do you use a special knife?
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#6390205 - 08/01/16 08:58 AM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
deftsound Offline
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Registered: 11/18/08
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I do it when im cleaning the deer, just cut it off, put it in a ziploc bag and freeze it. Next time you go hunting, take it out of the freezer, microwave a few seconds (not long, just enough to warm it up), cut a hole through it, put a string though said hole and tie to your boot so when you walk you leave a scent trail. When you get to your stand tie it to a tree limb. It works trust me

Just use a regular knife




Edited by deftsound (08/01/16 09:05 AM)

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#6391111 - 08/01/16 09:50 PM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
Bbear Offline
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Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 596
Loc: West Texas
Pretty much like deftsound states except it's the last thing I'll cut off of a deer. Cut a hole through it and freeze it. Take it out the morning I'm going to hunt and tie a string to it and drag it into the stand. About 50-100 yards upwind of the stand I'll tie it about waist high and leave it until I'm through hunting that morning/day.

I've had better luck if I can get one from a deer from someplace else. Seems they catch the whiff of 'strange deer' and have to come check.
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#6396540 - 08/06/16 01:47 AM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
Deersteaks Offline
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Registered: 10/22/10
Posts: 339
Loc: Livingston
Yep, they are 100% right. One of the best hunting secrets there is. I've had deer walk up and stick their noses right up to them.

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#6398858 - 08/08/16 11:02 AM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
gary roberson Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
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I have been using these glands when rattling for over 40 years. Simply hang them on a limb just downwind of where I am set up to rattle. A buck responds because you are playing to his ears, trick him even further by fooling his nose.
Adios,
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#6400017 - 08/09/16 07:33 AM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
Red Cloud Offline
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Good advise from deftsound.
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#6400477 - 08/09/16 11:57 AM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: deftsound]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
Originally Posted By: deftsound
I do it when im cleaning the deer, just cut it off, put it in a ziploc bag and freeze it. Next time you go hunting, take it out of the freezer, microwave a few seconds (not long, just enough to warm it up), cut a hole through it, put a string though said hole and tie to your boot so when you walk you leave a scent trail. When you get to your stand tie it to a tree limb. It works trust me

Just use a regular knife

yep, I have done this numerous times ... it actually works very well if you kill a mature buck and then use those tarsal glands on a different property, it really ticks off the more dominate bucks in that area with some new buck coming in to their territory.
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#6400539 - 08/09/16 12:46 PM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Cut em off and freeze them is what we do... but I can say I would never put that in my microwave... ever.

Dad has been patient on more than one occasion and taken a tarsal off a buck that my brother or I shot and shot some very nice bucks over it the next hunt.
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#6400575 - 08/09/16 01:08 PM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
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Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Never tried this...is the gland good for the one hunt or day?

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#6400588 - 08/09/16 01:20 PM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: Wilhunt]
redchevy Offline
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: wilhunt
Never tried this...is the gland good for the one hunt or day?



Couldn't tell you for sure. We have froze them for a period of time and then used them. We have used them on a couple day hunt if the weather is cool, but I couldn't say how long they are good for. At our place we have left them out overnight and coons or something will eat them by morning.
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#6400595 - 08/09/16 01:24 PM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
gary roberson Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
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They are good for more than one hunt but I don't drag them. I am not very patient so I am a rattler, not a sitter. After putting them out on a stand, put them back in a plastic bag. When you go back to the truck, put in an ice chest if hot, if not, leave them in the bed of the pickup. If I am hunting 3-5 days, will use the same set every day.
Adios,
Gary

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#6409387 - 08/15/16 04:23 PM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: gary roberson]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
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Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Thanks, can,t wait to try it out.

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#6409400 - 08/15/16 04:31 PM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: Wilhunt]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Originally Posted By: wilhunt
Thanks, can,t wait to try it out.


X2. Bringing me back to some of my roots. I'll try this season. Thanks.
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#6417148 - 08/20/16 03:15 PM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: YellowDog]
foodieguy Offline
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Registered: 02/07/13
Posts: 258
Loc: Austin
I like to remove them first thing before I start the gutting process to get the sticky things out of my way. It only took one time of accidentally grabbing the gland moving the leg around and getting that smell on my hand.

It smelled the rest of the day and all those deer trying to hump me was annoying... grin
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#6423553 - 08/25/16 04:09 AM Re: Deer Tarsal Gland [Re: foodieguy]
pigplinker Offline
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Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 757
Loc: Ben Wheeler,Tx
Originally Posted By: foodieguy
I like to remove them first thing before I start the gutting process to get the sticky things out of my way. It only took one time of accidentally grabbing the gland moving the leg around and getting that smell on my hand.

It smelled the rest of the day and all those deer trying to hump me was annoying... grin


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