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July 14, 2008


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I have used vanilla for bear hunting (works good at a bait pile) but sounds weird for deer, sounds like a gimmick to me but i bet some people will buy it

I tried it years ago and had absolutely zero success using it in both the early and late seasons.


Coon urine, yes, vanilla, no

i'm with ya,i don't use unatural scents, but i am not saying i wouldn't try it. if a reliable source/huntin' buddy and i went out and he put some down, then killed a giant, i would be buying it by the gallon :)

i do use deer dander and have great success until last year when i had some that was hold over pruduct and not fresh....it stunk and deer hated it.....luckily by mid Oct. i got the hint and ditched it.

MH- would love to see poll on who uses what kind/brand of scent.... future blog maybe?


Cliff and his brother Mike kill some giant bucks in the Midwest. Cliff sent this, a compelling testimony to vanilla scents. I might have to try the stuff!

Dear Mike: Believe it or not vanilla scent is one of the tools Mike and I use to hunt mature whitetails. This scent is not as unnatural as you may think. Deer like most creatures, have a natural sweet tooth. Deer can not identify the smell of vanilla as a single item off a store shelf. They just know it smells like food. The outdoors is full of sweet smells. For example: Walk through a cornfield or bean field in the middle of summer, it smells sweet. Trees that bear fruit such as apples, mulberries, apricots and pears let off a sweet aroma.
A sweet smell will come from trees that leak sap. How about a tree that bees have made a beehive in for honey. Vegetation in creek bottoms such as sweet anise and wild onions smell sweet. Have you ever seen a deer lay in a plumb thicket? What do you think it smells like? So to say that vanilla is unnatural, in my opinion, is wrong. An important point I want to make is that Mike and I use the wind to our advantage 100% of the time. Always remember to play the wind and remember that the cover-up scent is only a tool not an answer to harvesting mature whitetails. But our main cover-up scent is vanilla. If the winds do change and we can not back out due to deer movement, the smell of food is not alarming to them. Remember, one of the reasons for deer movement is for food.

Interesting. I have seen all of the vanilla products but was very skeptical. After reading Cliff's reasoning I might try it. We don't have a lot of the natural sweet smells on our property but we do have corn and beans. He's right about them smelling sweet. Maybe...

I've used it as a food attractant to lure does into an area . It doesn't work as well as peanutbutter does though. neither will bring a deer from afar but if you have does in the area an you want them to walk through a shooting zone it works well...hence the big ole boy is apt to follow in her tracks.

Hanback if you could only have a woman for a few weeks each year and she gives you that come hither look as she heads upstairs to the bedroom .. do you care what the hallway smells like....I don't think you or the buck does :) BD

Like I said yesterday, I've used it in the past and had absolutely no luck @ all with it.

I guess it's like anything else. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.


A few good old boys I know from Maine usedapple cider. Not really as an attractant, but used more to get the deer to stop as they are walking on game trails and the like. Some swear by it. I've tried it a couple times without success. I did see a red squirrel go absolutely spastic on a tree that I gave a couple sprays of cider. It did about 30 loops around the tree before it took off, that was funny to watch.


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