Improve your chances of success by using hunting bait, scents, and attractants! Whether you own a large ranch, or large piece of land to hunt on, or have permission to hunt on a large ranch, there are lots of ways to increase your chances of having a successful hunt. Whether you want to use big game decoys and calls, scents, baits, plant vegetation that attracts certain game animals, introduce other animals to the ranch to attract certain predators, put out a salt lick, or add or improve water sources, there are many ways to entice more of the animals you like to hunt to make the ranch their home, or bring them closer to you while you are out on the hunt.
Regulations for Using Hunting Baits and Scents
There is a lot of regulations involved in many states that may direct how you can use baits and scents to hunt big game animals, small game animals, and predators. It’s always a must, for all of us, to make sure we read up on the rules and regulations for our particular hunting grounds so that we know what we can and cannot actually do legally.
Baits and Attractants for Elk Hunting
Elk hunting can be a challenge, but you can improve your chances of success by using Elk Calls, Elk Scents, and Elk Bait. If you don’t want to buy anything, you can atleast mask your scent by rubbing pine needles, or local vegetation that the Elk are used to on your clothes. For Elk hunting scents and attractants, the top choices are cow elk in heat scents, dominant bull scents, apple, and vanilla. You can also use salt licks, or pour 50 to 100 pounds of rock salt in the perfect location for a good shot from your stand. The Elk will come back again and again to lick the salt. Elk eat cash crops like alfalfa and corn, so you can also entice Elk with Alfalfa (whole or cubes), and corn or corn based grains. Elk also like a good sugar fix, so you can also attract them with delicious sweet apples.
Elk Hunting Bait Scents and Attractants
•ConQuest EverCalm Elk Herd Scent Stick Elk Attractant• Tink’s Hot Shot Cow Elk Estrous Mist Game Attractant •Wildlife Research Center Golden Estrus Elk Attractant •Elk Bomb Cow in Heat Elk Attractant
Baits and Attractants for Deer Hunting
For Deer hunting there are a lot more options available. From deer calls, deer attracting scents, to feeders filled with grains and deer food, salt licks or even just dumping a big bag of rock salt in a good spot to be withing range of your deer hunting stand or deer hunting blind, apples, corn, corn based grains, sweet molasses, as well as alfalfa (whole or cubed).
Deer Hunting Bait Scents and Attractants
•Big & J BB2 The Cube Deer Supplement Attraction Block •Wildlife Research Center Scrape Dripper Deer Attractant •Buck Bomb XTRUS Deer Attractant •Tink’s Electronic Scent Dispenser Deer Attractant
Homemade Deer Hunting Cane Bait Attractant Recipe
This Deer cane recipe uses a combination of minerals and other attractants to bring the deer in close to you. Deer need their minerals, and it will keep them coming back again and again. You can purchase Deer Cane that is already made, but if you would like to make your own, you can follow this recipe below.
Deer Cane Bait Ingredients
•12 Cups of Hot Water •6 Packages of Strawberry Jello Mix •3 Containers of Strawberry Syrup •3 Containers of Corn Syrup •16 to 24 Ounces of Salt •Deer Corn Mix or Horse Food Type Grain Mix Fill a large bucket or container with the hot water, add in the jello mix, and stir until it starts to dissolve. Add in all of the syrups, and stir it well until it starts getting foamy. Mix in with your usual Deer corn mix and your ready to go.
Homemade Peanut Butter Deer Hunting Bait Recipe
Most animals love peanut butter, and Deer are no exception. This deer bait recipe is simple to make, and will keep the deer stationary licking up the peanut butter for a good length of time, and will keep them coming back for more. The ingredients are simple, it's just a plain old jar of Peanut Butter, creamy or Crunchy. Locate the perfect place to place the deer attractant that is within perfect range, and in perfect view of your deer stand or deer blind. Find a good tree that is downwind of your bait. Take of the lide of the jar of peanut butter. Screw the lid into the tree about four feet off the ground. Twist the jar back onto the lid, and cut out the bottom of the jar with a knife. Now the deer can come up and lick the peanut butter without taking the jar with them or knocking it to the ground.
Homemade Buck Jam Deer Bait Recipe
Sweet scented, and juicy sweet tasting deer bait attractant to bring them in close where you can get eyes on them and possibly hunt.
Buck Jam Ingredients
•Half Gallon of Hot Water •Half a bag of powdered sugar •16 to 24 Ounces of Salt •1 Package of Cherry Jello Mix •Half Gallon of Apple Juice •1 package of liquid Fruit Pectin Take a five gallon bucket and add your hot water, mix in the powdered sugar and mix it up until it is fully disolved. Add salt and stir until it dissolves. Add the cherry jello mix, and stir until well mixed. Mix in the apple juice and stir. Add the fruit pectin and stir the mixture well. Put the lid on your bucket, or cover the top, and let it sit over night. Pour the mixture into smaller containers that you can easily carry with you in the field. Pour the mixture on the ground, on stumps, or rocks, to lure those Lunker Bucks in close.
This recipe is for both a Deer attractant, as well as a great scent cover to put on your clothes. It is sticky, so careful where you place it. I usually put it on the lower part of my pants that I won't be touching, just for that extra scent and to mask my human scent to not spook the deer when they come in close. The next time you are out in the woods scouting or hunting, gather up a pound or more of Acorns, and save them for making some great Acorn Deer Bait for your next hunt. To make the recipe, fill a big pot with water, add your acorns, and bring to a boil. Boil your acorns for about 30 minutes. Once your acorns are soft to the touch, turn off the burner and set them aside to cool. Using a potato masher or other utensil, mash your acorns completely into a mush. Once you have made the acorn mush, put them back on the stove and boil them again until the water turns dark brown. Strain your acorns into a second container using cheesecloth or a really small holed strainer. Let your acorn juice cool and put into a spray bottle. You can spray your acorn scent on your hunting clothers, bags, and once in the field you can spray it in a good spot for a good shot from your hunting stand where you want the deer to congregate.
Baits and Attractants for Bear Hunting
Bear are scavengers and they eat just about anything in the woods, so it is fairly easy to make a great bear bait recipe at home, or purchase one of the commercially made bait hunting scents below. Bear really like most of the scents that come from your typical hunting camp.
Bear Bait Scents and Attractants
•Northwoods Bear Products Gold Rush Bear Attractant •Northwoods Bear Products Spray Scents Bear Attractant •Moultrie Bear Magnet Blueberry Pie Liquid Bear Attractant •Moultrie Bear Magnet Savory Bacon Liquid Bear Attractant Most bear bait recipes include atleast some of these standard ingredients: such as bacon, sweets, fruits, grease, licorice, vanilla, corn syrup, maple syrup, fish, raw and cooked meats, peanut butter, onions, garlic, cheese, coffee, pet food, sugar, molasses, chocolate, marshmallows, apples, sugary drink mixtures, brown sugar, and fat. Because of this, you can mix any of these ingredients that you have readily available in your kitchen or camp, heat the mixture if you can to soften everything up and melt it together. After it cools back down you can put it into an easily transportable container. Once I get to where I want to setup my bait station, I like to pour it over a some dry dog food, pastries, stale bread, or cereal and then stack some logs on top and around it to make the bear have to work for it, which keeps them there longer until you can place the perfect shot.
Baits and Attractants for Wild Boar Hog Pig Hunting
Wild Boar really like the smell of corn. However, corn alone does not have enough scent to travel long distances to bring the boar in from a distance. I recommend adding fruity drink mixes to the corn. To make a great bait recipe for hunting boar, put about 15 pounds of dried corn in a bucket or other container. On top of the corn pour a large container of cherry, apple, or other strong flavored drink mix, and add enough water to cover the corn completely. Cover the container and let it sit for about a week. You can use this hog bait in a wild boar pig feeder or sprinkle it along the ground.
Boar Hog Bait Scents and Attractants
•Wild Game Innovations Hog Heaven Wild Hog Attractant •Big & J Pigs Dig It Granular Wild Hog Attractant •Hog Wild Beast Feast Wildlife Attractant Bait •Evolved Habitats Pig Out Boar Hog Hunting BaitAbout The Author Mike Mendenhall is the the founder of Mendenhall Outdoors. This website is an extension of the Mendenhall family’s lifestyle and passion for the great outdoors. Everything that they learn, and experience, along the way that they find may be valuable to our website visitors is on the site for you to enjoy. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive free products from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase. The Best Game Hunting Baits and Attractants Experience Awaits!