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