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Neal
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 05:50 PM 09/21/10 (CST)
Well it took about 12 hours in the stand with a bow to put one down. Got a doe in the 120 pound range, man is it nice to have a half full freezer in september. Now I've got many weekends left to get a buck, got a 12 pointer on the trail cam smile smiley

Anyone else get anything on opener.

What do you use for scent cover before the rut. I got busted a few times due to the fact that their not rutting yet. It's alot harder to get them when their paying attention. Pretty sure they smelled me.

I use the scent blocker spray and decent clothes but is there a cover scent for this time of year?

Deer seemed to really be on the oak trees too. They came to my tree every evening like clockwork. Nothing in the morning though.

Ohh and for the record the $7 a pack fixed broadheads work pretty darn well. Don't know why people are paying 30-40 bucks for the same thing. Am I missing something here.

Good luck out there I'll post a pic if I get a buck this year, doe pictures are no fun.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:01 PM 09/21/10 (CST)
Great job Neal ! I spent about 10 hours in the stand way up north over the weekend and came home with nothing but i did see a lot of deer in the oaks and the fields grazing on clover ...
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:15 AM 09/23/10 (CST)
In my opinion, cover scents are a complete waste of money and effort. The only way a deer will not respond to you is if it does not hear, see, or smell you. And the only way that it will not smell you is if you are down wind or cross wind of it. Try to cover up something that smells like a skunk with gasoline wouldn't be very wise to us, but that is basically what we are doing with cover scents to deer.

Effective things one should consider;
Reduce your scent as much as possible. Scent free soaps, sprays, scent lock suits, will all help, but you still will be breathing and that puts out a scent as well. So the wind has to be right no matter what! Especially hunting big bucks!

So only hunt from down wind, and approach stand sites from down wind. Cross wind is ok as well, but not preferred. Yes, sometimes you will are going to get busted no matter what you do (unlucky), and yes sometimes you will be successful even when you are doing everything wrong (lucky). It's all part of the game.

And by the way, I'm a muzzy guy. I think that most broadheads have come a long way since the early 80's. But the prices they are asking for some of them is really crazy. Affordable and effective is my motto. Although, I didn't follow my own advice when I bought my Mathews!
Neal
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:15 PM 09/23/10 (CST)
I think i might have to agree with you on wind direction this time of year. But there have been a couple times in rut where the buck doesn't even lift his head for 100 yards when I have a good trail of estress down. And I'm not even sure if the scent blocker spray works, but it's done well by me. It is an extra 7 bucks a year though and I have a buddy who swears it does nothing.

Love the soap and laundry detergent, best things ever.

How about fire? I have heard from a few people now that natural fire smoke covers well and does not affect the deer. Although alot of people have quirks when it comes to hunting so I doubt trying it is in my near future.

Got an 04 hoyt zr200 fully set up with trigger and arrows for 180 off craigslist this spring. It shoots nice but I have to admit theres a little jealousy when I see guys shooting the new Z7 at the range.

I appeciate the feedback, good luck in the stand.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:57 PM 09/23/10 (CST)
Save on soap and use Tide free, has no perfumes at all and costs pennies compared to the others.
Smoke? I guess it depends a little on where you are hunting. Down in the metro area or outer burbs where campfires are common, maybe no big deal. But even bigger bucks will know the gig is up no matter what the cover smell is. I hunt in the deep woods of the north country where people seldom visit. So I keep my outer hunting gear clean and bagged and away from all scent issues until time to hunt.

Smaller bucks will follow estrus scent anywhere! Right up wind right to you. If they make it past 2.5 years, they probably will never follow it again. But hey, young bucks taste better! Older Does that have been down that road before will also avoid estrus scent as well, and if she has a big buck with her, he will follow her when she leaves as well.

As usual, good luck and be safe!
Neal
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:49 PM 09/24/10 (CST)
Yeah we have land in the park rapids and sandstone areas. My stand on the PR land is pretty thick. The big ones are what I'm after, plenty of meat already in the freezer. The early year deer seem to taste better then rut deer.

I am going to expriment this year with so much time to hunt. This weekend will be the same as last. Nothing but scent cover and minimal trail use near the stand. Had a new pair of bots last weekend so I was a little worried about the new leather scent.

How about any type of liquid attractant. I see a variety of these available and the regs leave most of them legal. I just use the $3 minral lick right now. Anyone have experince using the liquid attractant?

Thanks for the tide hint. Taking off in an hour or so here, good luck.
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