5 of the Best Deer Attractant

There’s far more to hunting a deer than having a great gun, scope, or bow. Of course, the better your equipment, the better your chances are of downing that beauty you’ve been dreaming of.  However, other things are important when it comes to hunting deer.

Deer attractants come in various types and are made up of many different ingredients. There are liquids, sprays, food, blocks, powders, and more. It can be a dilemma trying to decide which will work best for your specific needs.

With a good gun or bow and a great attractant, you run a good chance of getting the deer you want. We offer a list of five choices that run the gamut of options available, along with factors that make them the best available. We hope you find just what you want and get out there to get your prize buck next hunting season.

Tink’s #69 Doe-in-Rut Buck LureAntler King Honey Hole MixLucky Buck MineralWildgame Innovations Acorn RageBuck Nut Deer Scents
Rating: 4.5/5Rating: 4.2/5Rating: 4.1/5Rating: 4/5Rating: 5/5
4 oz. bottle3 lb. bag20 lb. bucket16 lb. bag3 x 1.7 oz. bottles
Doe estrous urineRapeseed and turnip for plotDeer food with mineralsConcentrated acorn food3 x types of urine
Use with wicks or cotton ballsIdeal for fall and winter plantingDump on the ground, in a trough, or on a stumpDump on the ground, in a trough, or on a stumpUse with wicks or cotton balls
Price: $Price: $Price: $$Price: $$$Price: $$
  • Tink’s #69 Doe-in-Rut Buck Lure
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • 4 oz. bottle
  • Doe estrous urine
  • Use with wicks or cotton balls
  • Price: $
  • Antler King Honey Hole Mix
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • 3 lb. bag
  • Rapeseed and turnip for plot
  • Ideal for fall and winter planting
  • Price: $
  • Lucky Buck Mineral
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • 20 lb. bucket
  • Deer food with minerals
  • Dump on the ground, in a trough, or on a stump
  • Price: $$
  • Wildgame Innovations Acorn Rage
  • Rating: 4/5
  • 16 lb. bag
  • Concentrated acorn food
  • Dump on the ground, in a trough, or on a stump
  • Price: $$$
  • Buck Nut Deer Scents
  • Rating: 5/5
  • 3 x 1.7 oz. bottles
  • 3 x types of urine
  • Use with wicks or cotton balls
  • Price: $$

Tink’s #69 Doe-in-Rut Buck Lure

tinks-69-doe-in-rut-buck-lureTink’s #69 is a buck lure that is made from 100% natural doe estrous urine, which means it is urine taken while a doe is in heat. The product can be used with drag rags, wicks, scent bombs or even cotton balls. It can be messy to use, as it is liquid, but is capable of attracting bucks in rut from a reasonable distance away. You want to use this product from the moment of rut until you notice that urge drop away. Using it a few days beyond that can still pull in a buck or two, depending on chance and size of the deer population near you.

Pros:

  • Most likely urine attractor for bucks in rut
  • Can act as attractant, as well as cover scent

Cons:

  • Not as efficient in area with heavy hunting

Antler King Honey Hole Mix

antler-king-honey-hole-mixHoney Hole offers three varieties or rapeseed, as well as two varieties of turnips, all of which are known to be favored by deer. With this product, you simply plant the contents, tilling is not required. Removing the top layer of soil is enough to plant, and the product is hardy enough to grow without any more help. The planting can occur in spring or summer and will keep deer coming back the whole season long. Once the weather gets cold, the plants convert into sweet sugars which will draw in more deer than before.

Pros:

  • Five varieties of brassicas known to attract deer
  • Very little care required and will keep deep coming back

Cons:

  • Requires initial planting and wait time which may not appeal to all

Lucky Buck Mineral

lucky-buck-mineralLucky Buck Mineral is an apple flavored mineral that will make deer healthier, and aid them in developing large racks. It is designed to taste great but to limit the amount the deer will eat, in order to keep them healthy. It is suggested you use this product year round and doing so is easy. You simply dump the mineral on the ground or a log and deer will come to eat. They can work on making big racks and will come back when hunting season is on to feed up, making it easy for you to get a prize buck.

Pros:

  • High trace mineral content brings in more deer
  • Unyielding scent can be sniffed from long distance

Cons:

  • May take time for deer to find and use product

Wildgame Innovations Acorn Rage

wildgame-innovations-acorn-rageAcorn Rage is made to help with deer health while also working on antler growth. This product comes fully mixed, so there is no effort needed on your part. It is suggested you use Acorn Rage in a feeder or on the ground, but you can also place it nearly anywhere else. The product is a nutritional supplement that is ideal for attracting and keeping whitetail deer where you want them.

Pros:

  • Concentrated formula that is ready to use without mixing
  • Easy to use and likely to increase chance of seeing big game

Cons:

  • Make take time for deer to find and use product

Buck Nut Deer Scents

buck-nut-deer-scentsBuck Nut Deer Scents comes with three different urines, to be used in three distinct situations. The combo pack comes with Peak Rut formula, Peak Estrous formula, and Standing Estrous formula. Peak Rut is most often used by bow, black powder, and muzzleloader hunters. It’s best used during the pre-rut season to bring in bucks. Standing Estrous is best used during peak rut but also works other times. The final scent, Peak Estrous, is best used as rut season comes near.

Pros:

  • Three types of urine for different situations, as needed
  • Combo pack works through the entire hunting season

Cons:

  • More expensive than other options

There you have it, some of the best deer attractant on the market. Make sure you check out the best compound bows under $500.