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Peanut Butter: The Pre-Attractant Attractant
By Jeff Maynard

Peanut Butter: The Pre-Attractant Attractant

If you use corn as an attractant, either for baiting or drawing deer to trail cameras, sometimes it takes a while for deer to find it.

When setting up a feeder in a new area, I pick a few trees near my feeder to rub down with my favorite super attractant: peanut butter.

In theory, the aroma of peanut butter is stronger than corn, and will travel quickly across a larger area.

I use a stick to spread peanut butter on the legs and PVC pipe of my feeder, as well as the trunks and low-hanging branches of the trees I have chosen.

Once deer find your feeder, they'll continue to return for the cache of corn.

Many times, I've watched deer stand on their hind legs to reach peanut butter smeared on overhanging branches. They love it!

Later in the season, if baiting is legal in your area, spread peanut butter in the area again to sweeten it up and give the deer something different to keep them interested.


Yarn Wind Indicator
Several years ago, I started using my wife's yarn to help me keep tabs on wind direction while I'm hunting. It's one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do so.
 

Homemade Waterhole/Salt Lick
A waterhole with a nearby salt lick can be one of the most productive areas to place trail cameras during the dry times of year. They are also great places to hunt, particularly during drought conditions, and in the early season, as well.
 

Back in Black
Black clothing can stand out nearly as much as white in the forest during daylight, but there is a place for black in the hunting world. I first learned the downside of wearing black in 2005, while bowhunting in Illinois. I'd accidentally forgotte...
 

Creating Your Own Funnels
Besides using calls, scents, baits and deer attractants, there are a few cheap and easy things you can do to persuade deer to travel exactly where you want them to end up.
 

Don't Overlook the TRUE Tenderloins
Hunters new to the sport, and even some of us old-timers, might not be aware that the absolute best piece of venison is the tenderloin, not the backstrap. There seems to be a widespread misconception about the two.
 

Keep Year Round Firearm Data
We all look forward to deer season throughout the year, yet generally don't spend near the time on the range that we should. Some hunters prepare by sighting-in rifles shortly before the season begins. I've even heard of guys doing this the night ...
 

Pipe Insulation = Extra Rail Padding
Most fixed-position ladder stands and climbing stands come equipped from the factory with a metal shooting rail. This metal rail, in most cases, is covered with a Velcro-on type of padding that is covered by cloth.
 

Never, Ever Give Up!
Something my father instilled in me as a young hunter is to stay alert from the time I leave the truck until the moment I unload my rifle and get back in the truck to go home.
 

Duct Tape - An Old Army Tip
I learned a lot about how to stay quiet while I was in the Army. In the field, we constantly refined our equipment in ways that allowed us to move silently, without giving away our position to the enemy.
 

Old Socks = Arm Guards and More!
Here are a few ideas for turning your old, wool hunting socks into something useful. You'll want to save them for a multitude of purposes you can use in the field; even that pair with holes in the toes.
 
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