FAQs about Deer Scents, Mineral Blends & More!

These are the questions I’m most frequently asked during trade shows and conversations with fellow hunters. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please feel free to contact me (Jon) and I will be happy to answer it!
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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?
Big Buck Adventures works with licensed deer processing lockers. Each deer is recorded with a number and tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) before we harvest its glands.
How do we process glands?
A gland can range in size from that of a pea to that of a sunflower seed. We remove the tarsal glands (located behind the back legs), the interdigital glands (located within the front hoof), preorbital glands (located by the eyes), and anal glands (located between the hind quarters). Once they are harvested, we soak those glands to break them down from a solid into a liquid.
How long are your scents good for? If we have some left over, can we use them next season?
Gland-bases scents boast an impressive shelf life – if you are careful. So long as the bottle does not freeze, the scent will prove just as effective throughout the next hunting season. But if the bottle does freeze, the solution will separate and become spoiled.
What combination of deer scents should I put together?
I’m proud to say that Big Buck Adventures’ gland scents are perfect just the way we concoct them! Our specially blended glands do not require any additives or additional mixing.
When should I start making mock scrapes?
A buck’s hormones begin to change once he starts losing his velvet, which spurs him to take greater interest in who’s sharing his territory. If you are creating a new mock scrape setup or freshening up an existing one from last season, we recommend starting around the third week of August or two weeks before you begin hunting in that area. That will give bucks the time they need to discover your scrape ahead of time!
How often do I reapply the scents?
Gland scents last an impressive five to eight days before they require reapplication. When you start a new mock scrape, it’s best to apply eight to ten pumps during your first three visits. Once deer begin discovering and using your mock scrape, you can begin applying three to six pumps per visit.
Why do gland scents usually work better than urine?
A deer passes eight to ten ounces every time it urinates – the same amount a hunter must apply to realize urine’s full benefits. Urine also remains effective for a relatively short amount of time. In contrast, gland scents can easily remain effective for one week, and only tiny quantities are needed to lure curious deer.

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?

A good blend of “deer minerals” contains the correct ratios of calcium, sulfur, copper, zinc, phosphorus, salt and other trace elements that deer require to realize their best state of health.

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!

We love talking about deer scents and minerals! Please contact us today if you have any additional questions about our science or our fine products.


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