Can dipping while hunting lure in deer?


November 19, 2008, 03:38 PM
I am planning on going hunting in about an hour and a half and I just wanted to know your opinions on this...Will having a dip (Skoal Cherry) in scare away deer or lure them? I would think both, but the smell of it is just so tantalizing, not to mention it's all natural so they would be curious about it...what's your opinions?

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November 19, 2008, 03:52 PM
i never dip when im huntin but i would imagine it may scare em away especially if its somethin strong smellin like Cope but then again you said cherry skoal so.....i guess you could do a little experiment and see if you encounter more game when yer dippin or when yer not dippin

November 19, 2008, 04:01 PM
Yeah...I suppose so, I may save it as a last resort though, I plan on leaving at 4:50 eastern time so I'll put one in about 10 minutes before sundown.

November 19, 2008, 04:06 PM
I smoke a, not crack.

While I am out in the woods, I usually take a seat and light up a bowl packed full of Prince Albert's Soft Vanilla, my preferred brand. (...let him out!)

If youve ever smelled it as it's being smoked, the aroma may turn you into a smoker! It smells sweet and aluring. I have had several deer approach met, coming from downwind, with thier noses to the air. I firmly believe that either they like the smell, or at least they are simply curious.

November 19, 2008, 10:51 PM
we used to be paranoid about chewing while hunting, but we decided that the smell of chew wouldn't scare deer away any worse than toothpaste would, so we kept our cope in while hunting. To a deer, both smells would be equally alarming we figured. It didn't seem to make any difference. I seriously doubt it will attract them in any way. You will be hard pressed to convince me that the contents of a can of cherry skoal is "all natural" especially concerning the lifestyle and habitat of a deer.

November 19, 2008, 11:01 PM
I usually smoke, but during deer season I'll pick up a can of peach or apple flavored Skoal to calm my nic-fits. Occasionally, I'll still smoke a cig every once in a while, but try to stay away from it as much as possible.

Either way, smoke or dip isn't going to wind them IMO. I've shot many of deer with either in my mouth.

November 19, 2008, 11:54 PM
Well, I've hunted successfully all over the world, and if Copenhagen is a deterrant, I've sure beat the odds! I have Copenhagen in my mouth from when I get up until I go to bed (I usually take it out then) and I've never seen any hint of a problem regarding animals, regardless of the location or species I'm after. I never have and wouldn't give it a thought. I reckon that if you were sitting in a blind or something, it might not be wise to spit, but I don't anyway, so no matter. If you're worried about it, just keep your mouth shut and don't spit.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
November 19, 2008, 11:55 PM
It depends. If they're highly pressured, then any smell out of the ordinary will spook them. It may tantalize them if they're not pressured too much. More likely to spook than draw, however, regardless.

November 20, 2008, 05:16 AM
Back years ago, I was sitting out at the farm, enjoyin' a pinch-a-chaw, when all the sudden, "someone" tapped my shoulder and asked for a pinch. Hades on high, I turned around and every deer from miles around had lined up for a pinch! I ran out so fast I've never dipped since. :scrutiny:

Okay, seriously, I don't feel it makes a hoot's difference. My uncles took so many deer over the years, even though smoking and dipping that I'm left with the impression that it made little difference. Even when I used to take an occasional dip of Kodiak, I still bagged a deer. But the question is does it attract or lure deer? No, I don't think it does.

November 20, 2008, 11:18 AM
Any scent not naturally occurring in the area will put deer on alert. It may not scare them, but they will notice.

Having said that, I still dip while hunting. Just watch the wind.


oklahoma caveman
November 20, 2008, 06:43 PM
i honestly cant remember a deer that i have killed in the last 10 years without a dip in my mouth, and a puddle of spit under my stand, including several bucks between 120" and 150"

November 20, 2008, 07:46 PM
As far as I 've been able to tell, wintergreen doesn't seem to scare anything except my dentist.But,he's a bowhunter as well, so he "seems" to understand the "dippin thing"

November 20, 2008, 08:42 PM
The trick is to mix a little Cope with your deer corn. After one visit the poor deer are as hopelessly addicted to Black Crack as I am and they will be bumming dips while your squeezing the trigger!

November 21, 2008, 07:47 AM
IMO.once the bullets start flying, anything that is not natural to the area will spook them. on opening morning, anything may work, because deer are naturally curious. but once their "instinct survival switch" has been turned on. almost everything scares them. it is a wonderfull tool for them. it has evolved for hundreds of years. and since now, man is their biggest predator, they can relax most of the year (at least to some extent). since opening day (at least here) was six days ago, i would suggest; no movement of any kind, no non-natural smells, and no noise (this is not to say you cant use rattling, or a grunt tube once they are in visual contact, but in my limited experience, it wont bring them in like a dinner bell at the ranch anymore). the best we can do at this stage of the game, is quietly wait for one to come along, and blast it when it does!

November 21, 2008, 07:14 PM
I've seen fairly tame deer pull a leaf baccy pouch out of a friend's pocket, then eat the leaves. Offered the same deer some Cope & she turned it down . . . likely tried it before & it got all over her mouth . . . they ain't got much in the way of a bottom lip. I chew all the time ,('cept when goose calling) and have always bagged game, so I don't know if it makes a difference or not.

November 22, 2008, 06:22 AM
ive put my ciggarette down to shoot a deer 40yrds away so unless the deer are getting a lot of hunting pressure i dont think it matters much what you do as long as you keep movement and noise down.

CSA 357
November 22, 2008, 09:55 AM
I dip copenhagen, have for years its in my lip all day when i hunt dont know if deer smell it but i have killed alot of deer, i used to smoke, when i stoped i started killing more deer and bigger deer, the one that smell you ,chances are you never know they were even there, good luck! Im on my way to the woods now! Csa

November 22, 2008, 12:37 PM
Not to hi-jack, but isn't smoking one of those things, along with eating,(this combines both) not to do after handling firearms, due to lead poisoning?

November 22, 2008, 01:32 PM
Well you aren't supposed to chew either because it gives you cancer... usually us tobacco users aren't scared of a little poison.

November 22, 2008, 01:36 PM
I chew cuz I like it . . . ain't ever planned on laying in a hospital bed at 108-years-of-age dying of nothing . . .

November 22, 2008, 02:33 PM
After reading this thread, I went out and bought a can of cherry skoal instead of mint or wintergreen grizzly last night. I don't know if it had an effect or not, but I did get a deer today:D

November 22, 2008, 04:20 PM
Attaboy, Eric! Congrats . . .

CSA 357
November 22, 2008, 07:23 PM
Well it works! I got a big ole fat doe today! My buddy was smoking , he didnt get anything:d

November 22, 2008, 07:54 PM
Man, I didn't chew for the first hunting season in a long time and I didn't get one! I wish we had enough deer in Arizona to have a doe season. I may have to fall back on the old cope for elk season. Don't know if I can handle cherry skoal tho...who would have thought this thread would be so popular?

November 24, 2008, 06:35 AM
This is kind of a ridicoulous thread.

CSA 357
November 24, 2008, 04:44 PM
So why you post in it?:d:d

November 24, 2008, 05:54 PM
Some folks need to be aware of the silliness of it all. Dont get your feathers ruffled, its just the internet

CSA 357
November 24, 2008, 06:03 PM
Get you a dip of copenhagen and go hunting , my feathers are just fine , im sure the op is not the only one to wonder if dippin has a afect on deer or not, so what do you dip?:neener:

November 24, 2008, 06:47 PM
Copenhangen snuff myself, or Grizzly. But only at lunch time or back in camp,, 7800 ft elevation makes it hard to beat feat and keep your air in.

April 1, 2009, 03:28 AM
Well, I figued I'd ressurect the ol' topic and let yall know that I no longer dip Skoal Cherry...or Berry...or Apple...or (so on) In fact the only Skoal I'll dip now is FC WG cause it's good. I'm a Grizz Natural man now. Just figured I'd let yall know cause lookin back on it I'm embarrased to think that I dipped that lol.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
April 1, 2009, 06:20 PM
Edit: Removed - already replied long time ago.

April 1, 2009, 10:41 PM
cause lookin back on it I'm embarrased to think that I dipped that lol.

I dipped Copenhagen exclusively for 22 years. I quit all tobacco products 14 years ago. I'll burn a good cigar over a glass of scotch around the campfire 2 or 3 times a season. For the most part my tobacco days are over. Quitting dipping was the hardest thing I ever did. But in those 22 years I killed a lot of Deer with a dip in my lip. :)

April 1, 2009, 10:49 PM
If you chew on a little rabbit tobacco I don't think it would scare them away at all.

April 5, 2009, 11:57 PM
I had one instance where I got winded by a buck and he spooked. I figured well I am busted and this stand will be worthless for a few days. I started to gather my gear and lit a smoke. The buck doubled back on me and kept sniffing the air. He came into bow range and was anchored. I don't know but he seemed to be trying to figure out what he was smelling.

April 8, 2009, 02:46 PM
I've had deer stand at the base of my tree and sniff/lick the leaves where I had spit. I've spooked far more deer by not sitting still, than by getting winded.

Cpt. America
April 9, 2009, 06:04 AM
Anything out of the ordinary seems to attract deer. I dip while I hunt and see plenty of deer. But if its a heavely hunted area you best refrain.

April 9, 2009, 10:34 AM
Wow, this is just great, i always have a good size pinch of good ol Grizzly in, and i have taken several dozen deer, and turkeys, and i lost count of how many squirrels and rabbits, doves, i have taken.

My personal theory on this is that a younger buck that doesent know his "ropes" yet is curious. He smells this strange scent (of tobacco smoke or dipspit) and he will want to investigate. Also, my family has raised tobacco for decades, and every year we will lose a few plants from deer eating them while they are still young.

April 9, 2009, 12:48 PM
Dipped Copenhagen for 17 years. The deer and hogs I took never noticed :).

Just my .02,

Travis Bickle
April 9, 2009, 01:51 PM
I am planning on going hunting in about an hour and a half and I just wanted to know your opinions on this...Will having a dip (Skoal Cherry) in scare away deer or lure them? I would think both, but the smell of it is just so tantalizing, not to mention it's all natural so they would be curious about it...what's your opinions?

My mother has a cat that seems to love my cigarette tobacco as much as it loves catnip. This cat will jump up on the table and stick its muzzle in the tobacco and jerk its head around while I'm rolling a cigarette. Then it starts acting all funny as if it had a nicotine buzz.

April 9, 2009, 08:15 PM
The only thing dipping will give you is oral/throat cancer. I've been off and on for about 25 years. The getting off thing is harder than the getting back on thing. I am going to try and stay off this time.:)

IMHO it doesn't have any affect on deer at all. Best thing to do is not hunt with the wind to your back.;)

Albert A Rasch
April 17, 2009, 06:51 PM
When I was a little kid, there was a fellow who went deer hunting all the time. He swore, and I mean swore, that "Hi Karate Cologne" attracted deer. He always had deer hanging in his garage, and he always used that cologne. I know because he had a big bottle of it in the garage and used it!

Go figure!

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