© By Othmar Vohringer
Many heated debates have ensued over this issue and the industry happily sold thousands of hunter urinals to the purists. Now however, it seems that there is some truth in the claim that peeing in a scrape attracts deer. A recent study has shown that deer, even old trophy bucks, actually are attracted to human urine. It is believed that testosterone in male urine is a major player in why bucks are attracted to male human urine in scrapes.
I believe I purchased my last bottle of deer urine about ten years ago and ever since pee in the woods when ever I have too. The idea of using my own urine as a deer attractant came to me when one afternoon I watched a large whitetail buck working a scrape really hard that I prior to climbing in my stand saturated with my own urine. From that day forward my own urine was the deer scent attractant of my choice.
Although most hunters think that scrapes are an estrous doe to buck communication point. I firmly believe (and science seems to back that idea up) that scrapes are actually a male-to-male communication point. While scientists admit that there needs to be a lot more research to be done before they can reach a conclusive opinion on the matter I will keep on using my own urine to attract deer. As far as I am concerned I’ve have the proof that it works on my wall and in the freezer.
How do you feel about this interesting subject? Would you pee in a scrape or on a trail or are you of the opposite opinion that hunters should avoid relieving themselves in the woods when hunting?