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Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? #7649301 11/01/19 04:26 PM
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I've never used the stuff, but am consider trying it this year.

It was banned in the deer camp I grew up in after my drunken Uncle broke a full bottle of Tinks in my Grandparents basement. The stink never left even after 10 years.

Have you used scent lures like this in the past and how has it worked for you?


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Re: Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? [Re: Whammer7] #7649315 11/01/19 04:46 PM
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Re: Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? [Re: Whammer7] #7649370 11/01/19 06:23 PM
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I've used it, but it has never worked for me.


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Re: Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? [Re: Whammer7] #7649371 11/01/19 06:27 PM
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I have used several different bottled scents. Never felt like any of them worked and have seen some of them actually spook deer.

My dad has always saved the tarsal glands off rutting bucks and does, even froze them from one year to the next and hung them out. He has killed several of his best bucks while using them. Ive used them too off and on, but not as much as he has and the haven't paid off for me to much yet.


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Re: Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? [Re: Whammer7] #7649380 11/01/19 06:44 PM
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Trails end is the on;y one I've tried and it sets some deer off and others ignore it.


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Re: Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? [Re: Whammer7] #7649498 11/01/19 09:23 PM
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I use TINK 69...each year. can't say for sure it helps but it sure gets the bucks running around. What works for me most is using a grunt call. The call will get everyone's attention and sooner or later someone will show up every time I use it. Once they show up if ya continue to call they just fon't pay any attention

Re: Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? [Re: Whammer7] #7649849 11/02/19 11:49 AM
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I use Tinks mostly but bought golden estrous yesterday. Going to freshen a couple of scrapes before the evening hunt.


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Re: Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? [Re: Whammer7] #7649860 11/02/19 12:03 PM
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I use a little tinks every year and have killed a couple good deer that have come running into it.
I prefer to use when there’s a decent breeze and don’t over do it. A couple drops
Of that stuff goes a long ways. I also bag it up when leaving and never leave behind as I use it on those cotton sticks. I’ve had better results in east tx vs any other part of the state, but there could be a lot of factors in that. Last, I’ve seen deer steer clear of it, so try it, but observe how the deer react to it in your area.
Oh, and I’ll say my best results have been pre rut.


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I use the Special (year specific) Golden Estrus.

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I buy a small bottle of it every year. At the end of the season, I toss it. It's just a tool, you have to know when to use it. As a rut cycle is approaching, and I see does rejecting bucks, its deadly for maybe two days. I pull a drag line, upwind of a riparian or drainage area, then leading them out into an open area. I've been using the product for 15 years, it's not magic, but if you know a specific animal in in a specific area, and the timing is right, they will respond.

I chose these three deer above, because it happened so quick. They all came 100 yards plus through the brush were I could see patches of them moving upwind of me, and then quartering past me on the drag line. They could have overtaken me but for minutes. The first was a 15 yard shoot. The other two, 65 yards.


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Years ago I put out a jar with Tinks on some cotton balls in it and had a spike get the jar stuck on his nose. I thought I was going to have to pop him to get it off of him, but after he flopped around for a bit, he got it off.

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Re: Anybody ever use Tinks or Golden Estrus? [Re: Whammer7] #7650513 11/03/19 12:17 PM
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I didn't hunt yesterday morning, we had extended family here from PA the last two weeks, and they were packing up to leave. I probably would not have gone out anyway as the big deer have cooled down since the 22nd. About noon and with the company gone, I decided to go on out and sit through my 1 pm feeder run. I had just "sprayed" down rather than get cleaned up, and about a 100-yds from the house, I deployed my Golden Estrus drag, as I follow a riparian area up to its header and then out into a flat about 400 yards distant.

I sat for about an hour and a half and then came back in. A bite to eat, nap, and shower, then I headed back out but didn't bother with the drag. About sunset, this fellow came up the path I had walked with the drag, nose to the ground, and when he got to where it ended out in a native grass flat, he could not believe there wasn't a doe at the end. I don't remember seeing this buck before; the picture doesn't show is antlers well at all. He is a double forked, G1-less, Trans-Pecos mule deer looking whitetail. Almost like the hybrids that I see out there, but I'm 70 miles from the coast here. I put him at 5 YO, and his weird antlers might have something to do with his hips. His back half has not kept up with his front half. Maybe he has been hit by a car in the past, but he appeared to be getting around well. I know all the young bucks wanted nothing to do with him and split so fast I thought a hog was coming.

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Anyway, I think his appearance can be chalked up to GE. Oh, I only heard three shots total all day yesterday. All very distant.


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