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February 25, 2014
Do Predator Scents Really Work? - 1
Deploying scents to fool predators isn’t a new idea—after all, wolfers in the 19th century used woodsmoke to cover their ripe body odor—but a new crop of commercial scents adds rabbit urine, fox pee, putrid meat, and even incense to your coyote-hunting arsenal.
The question is, do these products work? I am a skeptic when it comes to relying on anything besides a good call and sometimes a decoy in my predator sets, but my field tests revealed that some of these products can increase your odds of success if you use them correctly and with restraint.
Verdict: A good idea, but at about $10 for a 3-pound bag, it’s not very cost-effective.
Verdict: If a coyote can smell this stick, it can probably smell you. The only utility I noticed is that the smoke is a great visual cue to confirm wind direction.
Verdict: Useful as a cover scent. Prior to breeding season, estrus scents may repel as many coyotes as they attract.
Verdict: Easy to use, and useful as both attractant and cover scent. I missed a coyote that paused momentarily to sniff a branch I had doused with Tink’s Trickster Rabbit Mist. Not strong enough to pull in a coyote, but a good distraction scent.