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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.

Ingredients

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

Preparation

  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 is 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. Click to learn more about Cable Smith and LoneStar Outdoors.

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.

Ingredients

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

 

Directions

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.
www.facebook.com/royce.carnley  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! www.mesquitetreeranch.com

 

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

5 Best Hunting Attractant Scents

We asked Cable Smith, host of the Lone Star Outdoor Show, “What are your 5 favorite hunting attractant scents to use in a ScentBlaster?”

Hunting Attractant Scents

Obviously, scent depends on what you’re hunting. Bucks and does put off certain scents leading up to breeding season (more detail on that later!), but that’s not always a concern for other animals. If you want to lure in a feral hog, they breed year-round so I can use one scent in my ScentBlaster. My favorite hog attractant is Hog Under the Influence of Cinnahog scent from ScentBlocker (they also make a great bear attractant, Bear Under the Influence in Bearie Cherrie scent).

Deer Scents

Now let’s get into deer scents. In early season when bucks are still running in bachelor groups, hold off on using doe in heat or buck tarsal gland scents. These scents won’t smell natural to a deer until we get closer to rut. Instead, get a sweet attractant to disperse in your ScentBlaster, something a deer would want to eat, not mate or fight with. I use a food-based lure, like vanilla or fruit scents. My personal favorite is cherry vanilla scent, something like Deer Under the Influence, also from ScentBlocker which comes in cherry vanilla or apple vanilla scents.

Come October, bucks start sparring and thinking about rut, which means it’s time to switch to a deer-based scent. Start putting tarsal gland scent or doe urine in your ScentBlaster to get their interest. Tink’s #69 Doe in Rut Buck Lure would be my go-to scent. As we approach rut or are in full on the rut, buck urine is a good option as well. Don’t forget, pre-rut is also the perfect time to make a mock scrape to increase your hunting success. Put a scrape scent like Tink’s Power Scrape in your ScentBlaster and hang your ScentBlaster above the mock scrape to build up interest in the site and create better hunting opportunities.

While each hunter has his favorite brand, what’s most important is to have your scent match the hunting conditions. Bone Collector says it well – “The key is using the right scent at the right time.”

Read more of Cable Smith’s deer hunting tips here.

Cable Smith is 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 Scents to Nail a Trophy Buck – Part 1

Use deer hunting scents to land a buck like the Three Trophy Buck Mounts in the lodge shown here

Part 1: Do Deer Hunting Scents Scents Really Work? Here’s how to use scents to nail a trophy buck

Are they a gimmick? Do they really work? These are common questions I get from hunters and the answer is, it depends! It depends on how you apply it, what type of products you use, and when you use them. The key, and I’ll say this over and over, is in the application. With correct application, scents can condition deer and hopefully a trophy buck, to regularly visit your preferred hunting spots and keep them from worrying too much about your presence. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir for a lot of you, but for those hunters who haven’t tried scents, here’s my recipe for success on the ranch:

1. Apply hunting scent overnight or for consecutive days before you hunt.

If you’ve been using those little orange wicks as I had in the past, they either dry out before your hunt is over, or the deer need to already be in the area for them to smell it. Several years ago in Kansas, my first experience with Buck Bomb changed my mind. I put the aerosol can out in a pretty big sized bush for the two mornings in a row. When I went out to hunt on the third morning, that bush was completely torn apart. Thirty minutes later, I ended up shooting the biggest buck I’d ever seen in Kansas. Not only did the scent work, but I finally understood the key was the application!

2. Use a combination of attractant and cover scents.

So now that you’re applying scent in advance, you’ve got to choose the right scents at the right time of year. I put out two scents – a cover scent with the Buck Bomb, and an attractant scent in a new product out this year, ScentBlaster™. At the ranch in South Texas our bucks will stay in bachelor groups until the first or second week of December, so I’ll use Buck Bomb’s Ambush, and I’ll fill the ScentBlaster with my favorite food scent (recipe up next!). ScentBlaster will last for 60+ hours without refills, and Buck Bomb for at least 24 hours, so you’ve got plenty of scent out when hunters aren’t around. I’ve even found it helpful to get nocturnal deer out in daylight.

3. Use the right deer hunting scent for the right time of year.

We’ve covered how to apply scents during pre-rut stage. What to do when you finally see those bucks break out of their bachelor groups? Those bucks are now covering more ground and are less predictable, so it’s even better to have scents out for longer. I’ll tag team with Buck Bomb’s Doe in Estrus in the can and either Dominant Buck or Forehead Gland in the ScentBlaster.

I’m not endorsed by Buck Bomb, but I’ll stake my reputation as a hunter that the Buck Bomb is a great scent, 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!

Read more Royce’s recipes for success

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.
www.facebook.com/royce.carnley  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! www.mesquitetreeranch.com