Several have weighed in and the results are listed below. I admit that not all products were listed in the survey. At that time, my list of attractants was not complete and may never be for that matter. That is kind of the purpose of this website. Thirty-one responses with feedback and suggestions on products they prefer. Results are as follows to date:
This blog topic created much buzz and conversation regarding the ability to actually determine what is best for deer, the contents of each product, and the true scientific nature of such an experiment. Here is the bottomline.....I wanted feedback on what the visitors use as an attractant. Based on the above responses, I think it is clear that the vast majority of visitors to this website and answering this survey prefer to use Trophy Rock as an attractant.
As the experiment continues with our first test product results this weekend, I don't expect to determine how effective the product is at developing antler growth. What I do expect to be able to measure is the number of deer visiting the station. I can compare those numbers between products tested, regardless if it is salt based, contains corn, etc. I want to know what is the best attractant.
Why would I want to know which product is the best attractant? Like many of you, I've got my trail cameras out taking inventory of the deer herd. I'd like to photo and capture the development of the antlers on the bucks returning from last year. This kind of keeps me charged up during the dog days of summer.
I also hope that drawing deer in with an attractant will introduce individual deer to the habitat that I have worked so hard to improve. I'm not saying I can draw deer in for miles with these products, so please comment on other aspects. What I am hoping is that as a deer is wandering around, that he or she samples the attractant and begins to take inventory of what is around and available. Maybe they will call my 63 acres home instead of the neighbors place.
One other comment.....I am not sponsored by any of the products being tested. If that happens at some point, I will provide full disclosure. I just thought it would be a good topic for discussion and blogging on this website. I think the mission was accomplished!
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.