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Guru Huntress: The Buck(mister) stopped there

newnancyjo1I have had my fair share of scent mishaps – from getting that little bit that inevitably always runs down the side of the bottle on my hands or gloves to the container leaking in my backpack all over my favorite grunt call. I don’t think I ever used a container, regardless of how convenient the manufacturer touts, that I didn’t get some of the smell on me. The mishap that comes to mind so vividly is the morning I was going to “spray” a drag rag and walk into my stand. The wind was blowing slightly so I turned my back to the wind and holding the drag rag at half an arm’s length away, I hit the “convenient” spray top two good sprays only to have the wind whirl and both full sprays hit me square in the face. I had doe estrus in my eyes, nose, mouth, hair and I think I even had it in my ears.

I started spitting and gagging, eyes watering and the smell; OH! THE SMELL!! I quickly put my backpack down and dug out a pack of wet wipes and wiped down my face, and blew my nose. I found my water bottle and took a big swig of water and swished my mouth out. The drag rag and scent container with the “CONVENIENT” spray top went back in the Zip Lock bag and tossed in the backpack, only later to get tossed in the trash. As little as the wipes helped, I had to sit in a tripod smelling ripe for 5 hours. Folks, this is a smell that takes days to wear out of your senses and pores. Trust me on this.

After that incident, I decided that scents were too much trouble. I would use them if there was a sure fire way of not having to touch the container. I wished that I could find the solution. Well my wish was answered. I found just the product. Not only do I not have to touch the container, the product takes care of the hassle of actually having to put it out and much more.

The Buckmister programmable scent dispersal system by Old Faithful Outdoors Products is the perfect solution. It is the first and only fully programmable, self-contained electronic scent dispenser. The dispersal system is programmable up to 99 exact times and dates of measured mists. You preprogram the exact dates and times you wish for the scent to be dispersed using the dates and times you plan to hunt and then you hang the unit in your hunting area and leave it. You can preprogram days, weeks, or months in advance so your hunting area will be ready when you are. The unit allows you to condition deer to visit your stand with fresh scent dispersal and allows the scent to be dispersed in the area with virtually no human scent contamination. The unit uses two “C” batteries with a battery level indicator conveniently located in the window of the unit and has a long battery life. The unit can be hung on a tree, fence post of T post by using a small bungee cord or a strap. The unit uses The Buck Bomb scent canisters and there are more than 14 varieties of scent options available for different seasons and different game you plan to hunt, including signature scents such as Tinks 69 and Bone Collector. The unit has a countdown timer that lets you know exactly when to replace the canister and it also keeps a visual count of how many sprays have been used on each new canister. The Buckmister disperses the spray, which not only broadcasts itself onto the ground in front of the unit, but the fine mist that comes out with the shot of spray is picked up in the wind and carried to brush and low tree branches close by which leads game directly to the area of the unit.

Photo by Richard Adams.

Photo by Richard Holt.

I used the Buckmister system on my Kansas hunt this past week with Tinks 69 and it brought in several bucks, including the one I was lucky enough to harvest. When the bucks came in, they spent a longer amount of time trying to pinpoint the exact location of the smell, giving the hunter ample time to size up a buck or prepare for a shot. I programmed the unit to disperse scent from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. and again from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. These were the times that I planned to be in the stand. I have to be honest and say that my first time programming the unit was a little intimidating and took a little longer than expected, but once I programmed an entire day’s worth of scheduled dispersals, the rest I programmed pretty easily. Once you remove the slide top on the unit, the front opens and folds down. The programming buttons are conveniently located on top of the unit and the LCD screen is easy to read with a nice size font. The unit has an On/Off switch which allows you to turn the unit off so you will not accidentally disperse scent when you are not expecting to. This came in handy when I moved a unit from one area to another in the middle of the programming.

buckmisterThe Buckmister programmable scent dispersal system has a MSRP of $59.99 and is one item you will want to add to your hunting gear this fall in pursuit of that trophy buck. The Buckmister System, as well as a variety of Buck Bomb, can be purchased online at www.OldFaithfulOutdoors.com. Free shipping is available on all website orders. Visit the website for more information, pictures and directions on how to program the Buckmister and to see the other fine products that Old Faithful Outdoors has to offer.


Read Nancy Jo’s story about her recent hunt with her husband, Richard, in Kansas at her blog: http://njadams1.wordpress.com/


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3 Comments
  • Nancy Jo Adams says: November 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Thank you Carrie and John! Field testing this product was actual pretty neat and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

    ~Practice often, hunt hard, harvest ethically and may your drag be short…good luck this season!! Nancy Jo~

  • John Burns says: November 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Awesome buck Miss Nancy ! You seem to be pretty good with that stick and string. I’m glad your trip was a success and as usual, another fantastic piece of literature !

    John

  • Carrie Zylka says: November 17, 2009 at 7:16 am

    As always, a great article!!!
    Congrats on that fine piece of venison…

    ~ CarrieZ