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There are many deer attractants in the market, but making the deer attractant by yourself could give you much satisfaction. Maybe the deer likes your homemade attractant more than other commercial deer attractants.

Making the attractant at home could save you money and teach you something. That's why it is better than depending on commercial attractants. Here are the best 12 ideas about how to make deer attractants at home that you could make without spending a single dollar!

Reason for using deer attractants:

Some people don't understand why you are using deer attractants. This could increase the deer movement outside the treestand of your house. But you should keep in mind that the attractant couldn't attract them from a far distance. It attracts the deer that constantly move over your land area. It would hold their concentration to your area as the place is treestand.

Another benefit is that they would give the animals extra nutrients if you use the best deer attractants. So, they would visit your land frequently and spend more time that gives you the best opportunity to shoot a huge buck!

1. Mixture of foods attractant:

This process of making the attractant contains different kinds of foods or attractants to make the best attractant. Let's see how the process is done.


  • Water
  • Peanut butter
  • Molasses/syrup
  • Bucket
  • Corn and rotten fruit


  • Start the process by blending fruit, peanut butter, and corn together in a bucket.
  • Add some syrup to the ingredients that you have kept in a bucket.
  • Fill 1/3 of the bucket with water ensuring that all things are mixed properly. Don't add more water.
  • The attractant is ready to use. Spread them on the ground of your yard for a good result.

2. Apple scented deer attractant:

When it is the matter of deer hunting, apples could make the best attractant because apples are undoubtedly attractive. You could easily make the apple-scented at home using some easy steps that are given below.


  • Work gloves
  • Plastic tub
  • Natural Water
  • Clothespin
  • Blender
  • Dead leaves and pine needles


  • Shield the bottommost part of the plastic tub with dead leaves and pine needles.
  • Place the water jug away from work gloves, apples, clothespin, and the blender placed in the tub or container.
  • Cover the tub or container and put it in a refrigerator overnight.
  • Slice the apples you will use, blend them through a blender, and make an apple sauce.
  • Pour some natural water into the apples and let a cloth soak some of the apple juice for one hour.
  • Take a Ziploc container or bag and put the soaked cloth into it. Ensure that you have sealed it tightly. When the time comes to use it, take the cloth out, drag it off the ground.

3. Peanut Butter Attractant:

Peanut butter is the favorite food of deer that makes your attractant more useful. You could use it directly or could make a mixture to increase the attractiveness of peanut butter. The price of peanut butter is not so high as other commercial attractants.


  • Hang a large jar on the tree that is filled with peanut butter. Please hang the jar above five feet from the ground.
  • You have to make an opening to the jar to make access easy for the deer. You could set up a camera high in the tree to get some photos.

4. Apple deer block:

Apple deer block works as a perfect alternative for salt blocks. The apple deer block attracts the deer when they want quick nutrition.


  • Empty 3-pound container
  • A bag containing 25-50 pounds of stock salt
  • A bag containing 50 pounds of Di-calcium phosphate
  • Apples about 10 pounds
  • A bag of trace minerals about 25-50 pounds
  • 10 to 20 gallon-sized buckets
  • 18-oz syrup or molasses container


  • Slice the apples into huge chunks without cutting out the core.
  • Take a big pot and boil a lot of water in it. after adding the apple chunks, stir the pot continuously.
  • Boil until the apples get softer.
  • Take the 3-pound empty container and add 6-pound of Di-calcium phosphate, 9-pound of trace minerals, and 6-pound salt. Stir them completely.
  • Mix the soft apples and the mineral mixture and stir again together.
  • Add the syrup or molasses and extra 2-gallon warm water. stir the mixture continuously.
  • Make a small hole in your yard and pour the attractant by adding some dirt from there. This would do the work for many months.

5. Acorn scent attractant:

Acorn scent attractant could make the deer crazy! It doesn't attract the deer only but also covers your scent, which you might have left behind. It makes the deer comfortable in your treestand that helps to calm.


  • Water
  • A container
  • Mesh strainer
  • Acorns
  • Spray bottle
  • Stove and pot
  • Mudding stick or potato masher


  • Gather 3-5 pounds of acorns. You could do this after hunting or when scouting
  • Put them into a pot by covering them with water. Let acorns boil about 30 to 40 minutes till they become soft
  • Use a potato masher to mash the acorns. Again boil them till the pot water becomes dark brown
  • Separate the acorns from water into a strainer
  • Take a spray bottle and pour the dark brown water into it. spray the water around your land, and you would find this smell for about 30 days

6. Deer scent stick:

Deer scent stick works as incense which could lure deer just outside your house for easy shooting.


  • Coconut oil
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Doe urine
  • Glass bowl
  • A plastic bag about a foot-long
  • Disposable stirring sticks
  • Unscented incense sticks


  • Take a glass bowl and mix 2-oz of doe urine with coconut oil together.
  • After that, add 2 teaspoon polysorbate 20 with the previous mixture in the bowl.
  • Stir the mixture until they blend very well, and you would find a strong smell from it.
  • Put the mixture into a plastic bag and dip 15 unscented incense sticks there.
  • Seal the plastic bag tightly and let the sticks soak the urine mixture entirely for 2 or 3 weeks.
  • After this duration period, hang the scented stick on the branches of the tree in your area. These aromatic sticks would attract the deer effectively.

7. Apple and peanut butter mixture:

The combination of apples and peanut butter could give you an excellent result for hunting deer or attracting deer. Try this method below-


  • Cut the apples into slices and put them into a bowl.
  • Put some peanut butter in the apples and stir them until you find a sticky substance.
  • Put the mixture on your land and see the result!

8. Vanilla Extract:

Vanilla extract attractant is a very cheap attractant for most hunters. All you would need is to spray the vanilla extract on trees and stumps around your treestand. It is a great idea to attract deer at such a cheap cost.

9. Feeding site:

Forming a feeding site may be the best way to attract deer to the treestand. You have to refresh the feed site, and it could take a month to finish off everything for deer. The area should be in such a position that the deer would feel protected and safe. The thick area in the timbers could be a better place for hunting.


  • 1 or 2 dozens of apples
  • Salt about 2 pounds
  • 5 to 10-pound of acorns
  • Buck scent and doe
  • Deer feed


  • Choose the location at first where you want to hunt, and you could put some cameras to see what is happening there.
  • Clear the selected area by removing leaves, twigs, or other forage, and you could use a rack to make this task easier.
  • Made some attractants in your home and spread them in the location but ensure that it covers the whole place.
  • Spread some salt on the feeding site.
  • Again, dump acorns and apples around the area so that the smell could attract the deer.
  • After that, drip buck or doe urine over the feeding site. You should refresh the site each month and spread salt every 6 to 8 months.

10. Tarsal gland spray:

The smell of a deer in your area could attract more deer. Let's check the whole process of it.


  • Bag
  • Tarsal gland from a deer that you would find in the harvested area
  • A bowl


  • Put the tarsal gland into a bag and keep it in a freezer.
  • Cut the hair from the tarsal and put them in a bowl filled with water. Stir continuously.
  • The water gets the flavor of the tarsal, and you have put it into a spray bottle.
  • Spray the whole area using that flavored water.

11. Plant the scented deer lure:

You could use the scented deer lure in the same way as you have done with vanilla or acorns but the process of making it is different.


  • You have to collect some fresh leaves and plants like spruce, pine needles, and aloe Vera from a wooden area that could give you a strong odor.
  • Boil them with water in a pot for about 20 minutes.
  • Filter the water with a cloth and spray it around the hunting area.

12. Persimmon scented attractant:

It is such an attractant that it not only attracts the deer by its fruit scent but also covers your scent from the powerful nose of a deer.


  • 2-cup scented alcohol
  • Half cup of water
  • One cup diced persimmons


  • Make a mixture of all the ingredients. Then put them in a spray bottle or a container for about 3 to 5 months to make the odor stronger.
  • Shake the bottle properly before use.
  • Spray the area like previous attractants.

Finally, I would like to say that if you don't have enough money to buy commercial deer attractants, don't be sad. By following these procedures, you could easily make one for your use. Just try to follow the steps accurately and get a great result to attract deer to your treestand.

by Kevin Miller
Hi! I am Kevin Miller. Stepping into 42. This site is about my experience, ideas and in some cases suggestions. Wanna fly to see the world!!! Just get the ground to zoom around.

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