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#6512567 - 10/26/16 11:04 AM Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant?
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Registered: 10/24/16
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I was recently talking with one of my friends who has the greatest trail camera pictures of his bucks on his lease. When I asked how he managed to get every buck to stop in front of and pose perfectly for his game camera to capture great images of their racks, he said he put vanilla extract in a spray bottle and sprayed it all over and the ground, surrounding vegetation, and sometimes piles of corn. I was wondering if anyone else has tried this and if so what results you had. I am just worried that introducing a new odor would possibly spook the deer I have already on camera while just trying to get a "better" picture.


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#6512592 - 10/26/16 11:15 AM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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Never heard of using vanilla. Don't know if it would work or not. Don't guess it would hurt to try. Id use a cloth soaked in it hung in line with the camer vs spraying all over the ground. If it don't work its easy clean up. Few years back the new method was Indian corn and adding cocane to the corn feeder.LOL roflmao
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#6512603 - 10/26/16 11:22 AM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: Teal28]
xraytracker84 Offline
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Im thinking the cocaine in the deer corn would be counter productive unless your camera has a quick trigger speed.

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#6512606 - 10/26/16 11:23 AM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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#6512610 - 10/26/16 11:24 AM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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I have heard folks swear by it, enough that I tried it in a feeder last year, I personally dont think it made one difference in the feeder, but may work better one a rag or set as you described. BTW, I have smelled some buck attractants (off brand doe in heat) that had a slight vanilla aroma, so maybe there is some kind of science behind it IDK.

Wasn't worth it for me in my case though (mixed with corn/protein.) BUT, I only tried it once
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#6512614 - 10/26/16 11:24 AM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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there us a huge vanilla following on TBH, lots of guys spray it on their corn and swear by it.
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#6512616 - 10/26/16 11:25 AM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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I've heard others say the vanilla extract works but I haven't tried. Years ago I did use the deer cocaine and kinda like anything else, you gotta get em coming to it so lots of product ($) poured out.

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#6512622 - 10/26/16 11:27 AM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
xraytracker84 Offline
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Ive read reviews on that stuff and Im sure you are right. Had one guy say he tried it and had to leave hunting because he had a craving to each some cookies. I can understand cover scent that smells like something natural, but vanilla, not so much.

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#6513037 - 10/26/16 02:31 PM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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I've heard about vanilla for a long time. I've never sprayed any on corn or anything else for that matter but any air fresheners or candles that my wife uses in the travel trailer are vanilla scented. Don't think that it attracts deer but it doesn't hurt anything either.
I hunt the wind and set up stands that are good for various wind directions. I'm not a believer in cover scents, my experience has been that if a deer gets down wind of you then you're busted no matter what you're wearing or cover scent you're using.
The hunting shows never show those incidents because their sponsors want to sell their product even if it doesn't work.
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#6513095 - 10/26/16 02:49 PM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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I Feed Indian Corn. The deer love it and all the colors make them stay at the feeder longer.

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#6513103 - 10/26/16 02:52 PM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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Registered: 08/23/16
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Yeah, I would need to take a half dozen cookies with me because smelling vanilla will make me want some as well.

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#6513300 - 10/26/16 04:27 PM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
DPirates80 Offline
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Registered: 10/17/16
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I sure do love the smell of vanilla lol. I'm going to try this out this weekend. I'll buy some wicks and dip them in the vanilla then hang it.

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#6513385 - 10/26/16 05:12 PM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
4dog Offline
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Registered: 09/14/14
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Works good for a cover scent...use it for hogs all the time..never thought it was much of an attractant though....my opinion.

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#6513529 - 10/26/16 06:35 PM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: 4dog]
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Originally Posted By: 4dog
Works good for a cover scent...use it for hogs all the time..never thought it was much of an attractant though....my opinion.

Same here....been using it for years.....spray my boots before walking in then spray around the blind when I get there....have had deer and hogs walk within feet of the blind down wind and never knew I was there....
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#6513568 - 10/26/16 06:56 PM Re: Vanilla Extract For Deer Attractant? [Re: xraytracker84]
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Registered: 01/13/09
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Been trapping hogs heavy on my 260 acre place for 10 years. Used all kinds of baits and attractants over the years. This year I had an old bottle of vanilla I cleaned out of the pantry and decided to pour it over corn to bait one of my traps to see if I could tell a difference. Used to use Black Gold which smelled like licorice, so I thought this might work too. It was my first time ever trapping a deer. Big mature 8 point in velvet in it the next morning. He was pissed. I swung the door open immediately and let him out cuz I didn't want him to hurt himself, so no pics.

Not scientific at all, but I won't use anymore vanilla in traps. I do plan to pour or spray it around feeders though. May spray some on feed corn and let it dry, then put it in a feeder to see if I see any difference.

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