What is the Best Food Deer Attractant Scent? with Cable Smith, host of the Lone Star Outdoor Show

Closeup of Deer, Attracted by Food Scent

Cable Smith, the host of Lone Star Outdoor Show, shares his favorite food deer attractant scent!

Food Scent: The Cherry Versus Grape Debate


Vanilla is a food scent choice that’s hard to beat for hunters from Kansas all the way down south in Texas. However, people have their opinions about what will give you the edge in the field. Do you stick with the fancy vanilla extract, or opt for imitation, or even cross the border to pick up some Mexican vanilla extract on the cheap? The debate rages on, especially when you add other food scents to the party: grape, cherry, or even apple make the mix.

Don’t panic if you’re less handy in the kitchen or are busy setting up your deer stand to run to the grocery store – Cable likes to use Deer Under the Influence or DUI liquid food scent in Cherry Vanilla by ScentBlocker (easy online ordering too!). For a do it yourself option, Cable suggests going back to your childhood (or raiding the family kitchen) for the secret ingredient: Kool-Aid.

Are you a grape Kool-Aid or cherry Kool-Aid believer? Or is there another favorite food scent? Let us know below!


Cherry Vanilla Food Scent Recipe

Makes enough for four ScentBlaster refills, or 240+ hrs of scent.


  • one bottle of vanilla extract, 8 oz.
  • 1/2 packet of cherry Kool-Aid


  1. Mix together with a couple tablespoons of water until the Kool-Aid dissolves.
  2. Add 2 oz. to your ScentBlaster reservoir.
  3. Save your refills in a resealable container for your next hunt.

Whatever your favorite food scent, white-tailed deer can never get enough of that sweet smell. It’s a great way to attract them to your desired hunting area, especially in combination with other natural deer scents. Need more tips? Check out some of our favorite posts from Cable Smith and Royce Carnley for how to best use scents to up your hunting game.

Cable Smith was a compensated spokesman for ScentBlaster but not for any of the scents mentioned. All opinions are his own and are not influenced by the company or the compensation received.

How to Use Vanilla Grape Scent to Nail a Trophy Buck – Part 2

Vanilla Scent from Vanilla Beans

Part 2: Success with Scents

Recipes and More

I wanted to share with you my personal recipes and favorite combinations of scents. We’ve already talked about how to set yourself up for success with scents in Part 1, now we’ll get into the nitty gritty details, including my favorite vanilla grape scent.

In pre-rut, I like to mix up my favorite food scents to attract deer in the ScentBlaster. I know a lot of folks like to use a cherry vanilla scent, but I was inspired by C’Mere Deer’s food scent, which always smelled more like vanilla and grape Kool-Aid to me. I know a lot of guys that will use some cheaper vanilla extract they pick up in Mexico too.


Vanilla Grape Scent

Makes enough for four ScentBlaster refills, or 240+ hours of scent dispersal.


1 bottle McCormick Baker’s Imitation Vanilla Flavor (8 oz)
1/2  packet of grape Kool-Aid



1. Mix vanilla, grape kool-aid powder, and a couple tablespoons of water to dissolve.
2. Add 2 oz. to ScentBlaster.
3. Store the rest in a resealable container for your next hunt.


This is perfect in October along with Buck Bomb. If you’re trying to attract does, use Buck Bomb’s Doe “P” attractant scents. If you’re looking for does and bucks, try Ambush or Dominant Buck. Some does don’t like the Dominant Buck, so be aware of that, but they are always curious about Doe “P.”

If you’re a bow hunter, I’ll sometimes keep using my vanilla grape scent in my ScentBlaster throughout rut. I left one of my hunter’s in a ground blind last year. When I came to pick him up after his trophy deer, there were two other big bucks walking around.

I’m not endorsed by Buck Bomb, but I’ll stake my reputation as a hunter that the Buck Bomb makes great scents. My hunters and I have had nothing but success with it, and if you can apply it the way I’ve taught you, I’m sure you’ll nail that trophy buck!

Disclaimer: I was provided free ScentBlaster products to evaluate with no obligation to provide a product review or anything else  in return. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company.

About Royce Carnley

Royce Carnley has been an outfitter and guide with Mesquite Tree Ranch since 2014. He started hunting as a toddler with his dad and for the past 19 years, has guided and helped other hunters. Royce is passionate about the “setup” and location of hunting stands and he takes pride in providing the best hunting experience possible for his hunters.  contact: 817-757-3459

About Mesquite Tree Ranch

Mesquite Tree Ranch is for hunters who enjoy the serenity of nature and hunting wildlife in their natural state. Mesquite Tree Ranch covers approximately 9,000 acres containing a variety of wildlife and game including hogs, dove, quail, Rio Grande turkeys, Javalina, bobcats, coyotes, and whitetail deer. Hunters enjoy unobstructed views of the unique South Texas landscape and stunning sunrises/sunsets from both the ranch accommodations and the 14 deer blinds. South Texas hunting at its finest!


Part 1: How to Use Scents to Nail a Trophy Buck

Lone Star Beer Venison Chili Recipe

Beer Venison Chili

If you’re looking for a new chili recipe, we’ve got just the right twist on venison chili for you, straight from the kitchen of Cable Smith, host of the Lone Star Outdoor Show.

With an estimated three to four million plus white-tailed deer living in the Lone Star State, venison is one of the most popular wild game meats, and also the most delicious. Since it is a lean red meat, venison does have a tendency for toughness when overcooked. Avoid this by creating a ground venison chili, with the added bonus that it’s a healthier substitute for beef.

Lone Star Beer Venison Chili 


3-4 pounds ground venison
1 white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 jalapeños, sliced
1 can (15 ounces) of Rotel diced tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons Heinz 57 Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons chili powder to taste
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 1/2 bottles (or cans) of Lone Star Beer



1. Brown venison in skillet with olive oil.
2. Combine browned venison with one bottle of beer and all other ingredients in a crockpot.
3. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. After 3 hours add 1/2 bottle of beer.
4. Periodically taste the chili and add additional chili powder to suit your taste.
5. Serve with diced onions, shredded cheese, cilantro and Fritos or saltine crackers. Optional: crack open some cold Lone Star Beer and enjoy!
Need hunting tips to attract more game? Check out Cable Smith’s 5 Best Hunting Attractant Scents. Read more about Cable here.