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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.
Bait Material

This bait-in-a-bag attractant is designed to give either coyotes or wild hogs an easy meal in an area of your choosing. Hunter’s Specialties Bait ‘n Blast is a mix of animal proteins that I combined with water as directed, but it froze solid.

Verdict: A good idea, but at about $10 for a 3-pound bag, it’s not very cost-effective.

Smoke Sticks
These scented sticks are designed to be lit and then allowed to smolder, sending predator-enticing fragrance wafting downwind. I never saw a coyote in either of my sets.

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.

Estrus Scents
These products supposedly attract coyotes by appealing to their sex drive. I never saw a coyote while using them, but two days later I found fresh coyote scat around trees where I had put the scent while hunting.

Verdict: Useful as a cover scent. Prior to breeding season, estrus scents may repel as many coyotes as they attract.

Prey Scents
I used a couple of different brands of rabbit urine scent along a brushy Montana stream.

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.

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from junkerjunk wrote 20 weeks 3 days ago

You first stated "my field tests revealed that some of these products can increase your odds of success if you use them correctly and with restraint", then didn't find any of the products as particularly useful.....

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from junkerjunk wrote 20 weeks 3 days ago

You first stated "my field tests revealed that some of these products can increase your odds of success if you use them correctly and with restraint", then didn't find any of the products as particularly useful.....

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