“Do High Priced Deer Scents Really Work?”    

By Marty Prokop

I am frequently asked, “Which works better, deer scent collected and made from a single deer or deer scents collected from multiple deer?”

In other words, when it comes to deer scents, is there a difference that results in more deer or bigger deer?

A deer hunter could spend a small fortune on deer scents. I wanted to know what kind of deer scents are worth my money.

I decided to field test this.

Deer scents collected and made from one deer are often much more expensive than deer scent collected and made from multiple deer. Is the higher price worth it?

I purchased two different brands of deer scent. One was collected and made from many deer and bottled. The other brand stated it was collected from a single deer.

So off to the deer hunting woods I went to test.

The results actually surprised me.

I tested these two types of deer scent, at the exact same time, during the peak of the rut on my deer hunting land in Wisconsin. I used natural deer scrapes as my testing sites. I set up my trail cameras to monitor results.

Marty Prokop Reveals Results from Multiple Deer Attractant Scent

So how were the results of attractant scent from multiple deer?

At the first site, over a natural deer scrape, I placed a scent wick saturated with doe-in-heat scent made from several deer.

What did the camera catch?

In one week, it photographed one small spike buck on the third day, and the same spike buck several times after. That was it.

Marty Prokop Reveals Results from Single Deer Attractant Scent

At site number two, over a natural deer scrape, I placed a scent wick saturated with a doe estrus scent collected from a single doe.

What did the camera catch?

The first night, four hours after I placed the scent wick, it photographed three bucks at the scrape. One buck was a nice 8-pointer. Another was a fork buck. And, yet, another was a spike buck.

On day four, a heavy racked six-pointer also visited the scrape.

There were 15 different bucks photographed in a week at site number two. The sizes ranged from a spike buck to a very respectable 10-pointer.

The Bottom Line from Marty Prokop

Here are the one week results:

The trail camera at the site of the single doe estrus scent captured 15 bucks.

The trail camera at the site of the multiple doe estrus scent captured the one spike buck on several different days. So the camera was working during the entire time.

It is a coincidence?


But based on what I saw, I chose to use the deer scent collected and bottled from a single deer for the rest of the deer hunting season.

Marty Prokop Tests Again

I began to think maybe I had placed the single doe estrus scent in a better location than the other. So this year I will be carrying out the same test with one modification.

The only change will be that I will place the multiple doe scent where the single doe scent was last year and the single where the multiple was. If the bucks move to the new location, then I know it is the scent.

The Results So Far...

I’ll report the results of my new test as soon as it is completed.

Deer hunters in our community would love to hear your experiences and thoughts. You can comment, share your experiences and read more at the Free Deer Hunting Tips blog at www.marty-prokop.com.

Good Luck and Great Hunting.

Marty Prokop


About Marty Prokop

Deer hunting expert Marty Prokop reveals closely guarded deer hunting secrets on how to get deer every time. Get his Free Deer Hunting Tips Newsletter, free deer videos and free online deer hunting game at Free Deer Hunting Tips.com

Marty Prokop has 24-years experience deer hunting, processing deer for deer hunters and venison sausage making .  Marty Prokop teaches deer hunting, hunter safety, deer processing and deer sausage making classes. Marty Prokop has processed 7,805 deer, field dressed 422 deer and made over 991,990 pounds of sausage, smoked meats and jerky. Marty Prokop worked with Minnesota DNR programs. His deer hunting videos are used in statewide advanced hunter education classes. Marty Prokop is a successful speaker, outdoor writer and published author.

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