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If I was parenting children in Florida today, a Dog Bear Hunt would be on the bottom of the exposure/ experience list.
hunting with dogs is more social than any stand hunting and a great way to introduce youngsters to the woods.just look a social media, dog hunting (tween dog hunters ) has far less adversity than stand/still hunters..We work as a team unlike the still hunters and aren't as jealous if someone gets that deer.
OK, it's early morning, and I think I have everything under control to finish up on my "special sauce" for becoming the hunted-by-bears scenario. We'll see!It's a little "messy" to work with initially, but do it because it will work most of the time.Save up about a quart of bacon grease and melt this down adding a couple of cans of Salmon and a small spice bottle of ANISE OIL (off the shelf at Publix) to the mix and stir it up well. Put it outside protected and in the shade for a day or so and let it "ripen"---you'll smell it! Then brush this mix over your boots pretty well, and your lower pants legs below the knees. Take about a forth of a bath towel and soak it in the mix 'till soppy wet---couple of hours in the "mess" will work. Tie this soppy piece of towel with a 10 foot or so piece of rope to drag behind you as you walk 2-3 miles through the woods. If your route crosses any creeks/branches, have a few pieces of soaked towels with short attached ropes to tie off in the running water to carry the odor down stream a couple of miles. Simply walk through the woods 2-3 miles to your stand where you can set up and be observant. A bear cannot resist investigating this odor, but remember the bear is a hundred times more observant than you will be, so if you aren't well concealed at your stand the bear will know a human is close-by. It is the Anise Oil that is the "secret" ingredient in drawing in deer and other common wildlife. Back several years before I retired out and was still collecting field data on wildlife--primarily deer--we would mix an ounce or so of this spice with rendered down deer tallow and spray it on the lower pants legs and boots. It works, I assure you! You can be in a tree stand and see deer approaching from any direction checking out.Deer Tallow is simple to make---it's simply the deer fat rendered down to liquid form and kept in pint Mason jars. So next time you bust a deer, cut the fat out and render it down to liquid form over low heat and put the liquid in Mason jars. It's worth the effort, I promise you! And it's legal to use this fat and anise oil in Florida.OK! Think I made it this time before these weird medications kicked in and dulled my senses!