How to Attract Deer to Your Stand: In our previous article, we discussed Where to Hunt During the Rut and I shared my best practices with you. In this article, I will tell you how to attract deer to your stand using foods, lures, odor elimination and a deer-friendly environment.
How to Attract Deer to Your Stand
Before you start attracting deer to your stand, keep a single goal in mind: ‘to not let the deer know they are being lured’. Once you have found the perfect place to set up your stand, you can use these proven tactics to attract plenty of deer.
How to Attract Deer to Your Stand: 4 Amazing Tactics
- Establish a food plot
- Use deer lure
- Eliminate human odor
- Promote a deer-friendly environment
Tactic 1: Establish a Food Plot
To establish an effective food plot, you must consider different locations and food options.
Depending upon the different food crops or plants that successfully grow in the area, you must plant a mix of crops that are rich in protein (like soybeans and peas) and include clovers and grasses (like oats, wheat, and rye). Also, try to grow crops that are not already abundant in the area and also provide a water source as deer will be drawn to water.
You must select a plot location that is far away from the roadways, is well watered and not subject to flooding. Before selecting the crop, it is often a good idea to test soil for ph and nutrients and then match the crop accordingly.
Tactic 2: Use Deer Lure
Using deer lure helps attract deer from a reasonable distance to the stand. The lure makes deer follow the trail laid by you and aids in positioning the deer for a clean shot.
Lures like buck urine, doe urine, and estrus urine are most effective scents to attract deer to your stand. Deer will be most drawn to such lures about 10 weeks before the peak of the rut season. You may also try hanging scent wicks, saturated with buck urine, around your stand or use commercial lures to increase your chances of attracting deer.
As deer are fond of the smell of sweet apples, you can draw deer using either the actual fruit or its scent. To lure deer, you can plant apple trees around the edges of your food plot or simply spread a lot of apples around your area.
Tactic 3: Eliminate Human Odor
A deer’s sense of smell is stronger it’s other senses like sight or sound, and one whiff of human odor can spook deer. Hence you must keep your odor as minimal as possible to have any chance of attracting deer to your stand.
To get as close to zero-scent as possible, you must wear thoroughly washed clothes and shower with a scent-free soap to prepare for your hunt. If you use an antiperspirant then make sure its scent free and don’t forget to chew some chlorophyll gum to reduce breath odor.
Although there are many commercial products available to eliminate human odor, one cheap trick is to mix baking soda with your scent free soap while taking a shower or mix it with detergent while washing your clothes.
Tactic 4: Promote a Deer-Friendly Environment
You must make your hunting area deer-friendly to attract deer. If you have any pets, especially dogs, you must keep them away. Also, reduce all human activity in the area and avoid using bright lights, sounds, oil, smoke, and tobacco. Provide natural and wild conditions like growing taller grasses and planting trees and shrubs like blackberry and red cedar around the boundaries to attract deer.
How to Attract Deer to Your Stand: Conclusion
There are many different tactics you can use to attract deer to your stand. You can attract deer using foods, plants, scents and lures. Have you ever tried any such methods to attract deer to your stand? What kind of food, scent, or deer-friendly environment tactic worked the best for you? Do share your experience.
Don’t forget to check the local laws and regulations before you try to bait deer.
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