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When I am hunting from a stand, and I have to urinate, is it best to do so a distance from my stand? I have heard that it will warn the deer that I am in the area, and I have heard that it will just make the deer curious. What is the best policy? Thanks, Tuesday Stine

from Tuesday Stine on 07.30.09

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from treestand wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I AGREE WITH MIKE JUST HIT THE TREE BARK AND LET RUN DOWN--NOT MAKE RAIN

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from madmax wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Getting down from your stand and walking 100yds downwind is more disruptive than creating a secondary scent pool underneath you in my humble opinion. However, two but's are on that - first, all you need to do is carry an empty half-gallon milk jug with you (or a gallon if you're optimistic, you've really, really got to go, or you're sitting all day.) Second, make sure you're wearing your tree stand harness when you do stand up - Larry Craig notwithstanding, it's tough to get a wide stance on a tree stand, and balancing while concentrating on the business at hand is a smidge tricky especially under windy conditions.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

I agree with Mike, as long as you do not have anything overly powerful in your diet, like alcohol, garlic,onions, curry ect, whitetail deer cannot determine our urine from their own. i have hunting buds that intentionally urinate on their deer decoys as cover scents.

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from Mike wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

I have urinated into scrapes and had deer come in afterward. I've urinated directly off my stand and had a buck come in and stand right there. If I am on stand and have to go I go.

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from Louie wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

the decoy hunter is right but i use no scent elimination at all, I hunt the wind and usually dont have to urinate lol.... bottle it up!

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from the decoy hunter wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Any scent that is introduced into the whitetail's environment that is outside the normal ecosystem can be viewed as a potential warning to your presence.So as a policy or practice try to limit adding any scent that does not occur naturally in your hunting area.I often wonder about the"scent mistakes" I have made over the years and without question have probably translated into missed opportunities I will never know about.

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from Mike wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

I have urinated into scrapes and had deer come in afterward. I've urinated directly off my stand and had a buck come in and stand right there. If I am on stand and have to go I go.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

I agree with Mike, as long as you do not have anything overly powerful in your diet, like alcohol, garlic,onions, curry ect, whitetail deer cannot determine our urine from their own. i have hunting buds that intentionally urinate on their deer decoys as cover scents.

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from Louie wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

the decoy hunter is right but i use no scent elimination at all, I hunt the wind and usually dont have to urinate lol.... bottle it up!

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from treestand wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I AGREE WITH MIKE JUST HIT THE TREE BARK AND LET RUN DOWN--NOT MAKE RAIN

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from the decoy hunter wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Any scent that is introduced into the whitetail's environment that is outside the normal ecosystem can be viewed as a potential warning to your presence.So as a policy or practice try to limit adding any scent that does not occur naturally in your hunting area.I often wonder about the"scent mistakes" I have made over the years and without question have probably translated into missed opportunities I will never know about.

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from madmax wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Getting down from your stand and walking 100yds downwind is more disruptive than creating a secondary scent pool underneath you in my humble opinion. However, two but's are on that - first, all you need to do is carry an empty half-gallon milk jug with you (or a gallon if you're optimistic, you've really, really got to go, or you're sitting all day.) Second, make sure you're wearing your tree stand harness when you do stand up - Larry Craig notwithstanding, it's tough to get a wide stance on a tree stand, and balancing while concentrating on the business at hand is a smidge tricky especially under windy conditions.

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