FAQs about Deer Scents, Mineral Blends & More!
What makes good deer urine, and how is it different from glands?
Like so many other things, timing is everything when it comes to collecting urine! Deer urine can only be high-quality if it is preserved or frozen as soon as it is collected. We chill urine to 34 degrees immediately after it has passed through our collection process. This ensures that our customers always receive the freshest product. We freeze urine whenever the product is not shipping out right away. By the time it reaches our customer, our previously frozen urine is just as fresh as if it was collected recently. But take care – if urine has a sharp rotting smell, then bacteria have already rendered it useless.
A gland’s aroma will last five to eight days in the woods, whereas urine remains effective for 24 to 36 hours after application. Glands also emit a stronger natural odor which typically elicits a better response than urine. Still, deer do sometimes respond better to urine. The deer will tell you which scent they prefer. As a hunter, you must always be flexible and be willing to change tactics whenever the deer are not responding to your strategy!
How do we get the glands? Are they harvested from CWD-free deer?
How do we process glands?
How long are your scents good for? If we have some left over, can we use them next season?
What combination of deer scents should I put together?
When should I start making mock scrapes?
How often do I reapply the scents?
Why do gland scents usually work better than urine?
Despite its shortcomings, quality urine can in fact prove incredibly effective out in the woods. And when applied in conjunction with a high-quality gland, urine becomes part of the most potent scent combination a hunter has at his disposal!
What are the benefits of deer minerals?
Big Buck Adventures offers the perfect blend of minerals to suit a deer’s unique metabolic needs. We partner with Heim Milling in St. Cloud, MN to mix the ideal balance of all essential deer nutriments in bulk – 2,000 pounds at a time – in order to provide the best value to our customers. If you have any questions about the composition of our mineral blend and how you can most effectively distribute it to your herd, then we welcome any opportunity we can get to talk about our science.
Deer minerals don’t work like magic. A deer must still have access to abundant high-quality food and water to grow big and healthy. Genetics plays a fundamental role. Judicious herd management is crucial to promoting the best growth among individual deer. Timing is also important, as bucks will benefit best from minerals during the spring months when they are most deprived of essential nutrients. But so long as your expectations are realistic, you will be impressed by the difference our high-quality deer minerals make!
And remember: One animal’s ideal mineral blend is not the same as another’s. Haphazardly feeding a another type of livestock minerals to deer will produce no discernible benefits. Doing so may even harm the deer!