Busting Deer Hunting’s Number One Myth

   12.04.19

Busting Deer Hunting’s Number One Myth

Well here’s a subject that’s familiar to me, as we were recently talking about this at the barn before heading out to hunt. The subject being, should a deer hunter worry about urinating in the woods? The consensus answer was “no,” but I admit I do have some qualms about it.

Big buck hunter Jeff Sturgis says forget about it, but then again, he doesn’t hunt a property with permanent stands that are hunted by numerous hunters almost constantly during deer season. Maybe “pee is pee” to wild animals, but even so I feel a mature deer may very well become alarmed at a highly-concentrated bunch of pee smell, as would naturally collect by a stand that’s hunted often.

That said, it’s hard to argue with experience and Jeff has been using his own pee to make mock rut scrapes for 15+ years, and he’s certainly a successful a whitetail hunter.

From the YouTube description:

The #1 deer hunting myth may not be what you are thinking. When deer hunters head to the woods each fall, hundreds of thousands bring a pee jug. Should they?

Using a pee jug isn’t just plain crazy, it’s gross. Urine is urine when it comes to deer, deer hunters and other critters.

He also debunks the notion that you need a dripper of some kind over a mock scrape. A rut scrape doesn’t need urine — deer or otherwise — once it’s become established. Most deer visiting the scrape sniff the licking branch because that’s where the preorbital gland scent is deposited by every deer that works the scrape.

Pee: Not a big deal. So I guess we can eliminate one item from our hunt packs, eh? (See what I did there?)

Happy hunting.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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