I had been buying doe urine, cover scent soap for my clothes, and anything I thought would give me an edge. None of these produced any tangible results. In fact, it seemed like these strong commercial scents were offensive to the deer. So, I switched to the distillate I had made, (which has come to be known as Alpha Buck.) It had a noticeable, but subtle scent.
Then things started to get a little weird. Deer were coming in so fast that I couldn’t get set for a shot without spooking them. I thought I played the wind right. But, the deer would linger right around my stand and then slowly move on. Once, I freshened up my camo with the scent on the back porch and went hunting. A few minutes later, my family saw a big buck in the side yard right at the house! At the time we didn’t attribute it to the distillate; we just thought it was a coincidence.
Rifle season opened, and I was hunting a crossing that showed promise. I was starting to see deer come in both day and night–bucks and does.
One day I was hunting with a good crosswind, and I had an opening to my rear right that I didn’t have to worry about, so I kept my focus front left at the crossing. A strong north wind prevented me from hearing a buck come upon me from the edge of the clearing – about at my 3 o’clock. When he saw me, and I got a glimpse of him, he retreated hard back down the edge of the clearing, sounding like who-knows-what through the woods. That was my a-ha moment. I might have something here!