Paul Z. writes for help relative to using deer urine. "I live in the area of
where chronic wasting disease was found on a game farm and deer urine products
are now banned. Do you have any ideas on what I might use that would be legal
and attract deer to scrapes?"
You bet I do, and what I'm about to tell you works really well. In fact, I
believe that preorbital gland lure, particularly one from Smokey's (http://smokeysdeerlure.com/preorbital.html),
works better than doe-in-heat urine to attract bucks to scrapes!
The preorbital gland is located in the corner of a
deer's eye. Bucks rub this on the overhanging branch that is located over
each active scrape. We now know that bucks visit these
overhanging limbs year-round and does do, too. There is a lot of
communication going on there.
Here is how to use the preorbital gland
lure. Take a drop or two and start in early August by placing it on the
branch over a scrape that you find in the same location year after
year. Then every week or two, replenish that odor by adding a few drops of
You can also create a mock scrape using the preorbital
gland lure and replenish it every week or two. Keep doing this weekly,
especially at scrapes that have obviously been hit since you first put out the
lure. Stop using the lure after you've shot that big buck. Save it for next
year because this stuff works!
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Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He's also an outdoor writer and has been with "Bowhunter" magazine for 31 years.