September 13, 2014 at 9:37am
I used preorbital scent from Smokey, and have used it for several years and it has brought in the does and then the bucks, of all ages. I am a firm believer in preorbital scent. I usually start it in July, and always keep very clean and I used it around field edges. I break some branches that are the right height. Always keep clean and use rubber gloves and boots. We have cattle so besides the rubber boots being clean I always step in cow pies ( feces of cows ) and the deer never ever smell my scent from my feet. I have used all stuff before like fox pee, coon pee, etc. but the fresh cow pies worked great. Back to scents.......... I also made a visual scrape below with no scent in it. Oh, the trees that I put the scent on were acorn trees, and about the time the acorns started to drop by that time the deer licking the branches and biting them off and also scraping was everywhere. I also started using scrape mate in the scrapes as the deer started to scrape. I also used later in the rut or right when the rut opened up, some kind of scent female scent on a yellow long pad I bought at Bass Pro. The deer and usually big bucks or mature bucks would bite in and the branch with the licking ( pre orbital scent ) clean off the tree. I had a trail cam set up ad it was really cool. A lot of night time photos and the deer would stay nocturnal until the heavy rut and then a few days and if the wind was right I could hunt them. Believe me the wind was tough and usually only a few days during the peak of the rut in Missouri was I able to hunt them. I am talking archery mainly. But with the gun is was a lot easier than the bow. My garage now in Jacksonville is filled with the ones that had to find a girl friend. Try to use pre orbital scents in the right location and remember you have to doctor them up after rains, hot sun, etc.. I was able on fields to drive by and reach out window and place a few drops on the pads I used. I have used many different sizes of pads, and hanging methods but the drops on the cut limbs worked the best to start with. Good luck. If you ever need a partner to hunt with, or call or rattle for you get in touch. God bless.