Danny Snyder from West Virginia writes to ask what I think about the devices that heat up deer urine to attract bucks during the rut. He also wants to know if there is data to back up the use of these devices.
The honest truth is that I’ve never tried them. It does make sense that hotter liquid would carry odor farther, but as far as I know there has been no scientific study to show they work or don’t work.
Dr. Dave Samuel
The bottom line is there are times when deer do come in to urine odor. I’ve also had bucks totally ignore hot doe urine scent in early November when they should respond.
My motto is to use whatever works for you. However, for me though, I might place a drop or two of hot doe urine or buck urine in a nearby scrape. I find that for success on good bucks, the simpler, the quieter, the better. Using gadgets of all kinds takes time, and puts human odor in the area. I like to keep things simple.
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Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he’s 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 30 years.