First of all, I do not subscribe to the notion that a hunter must not use scents or that a hunter musts try not to change anything lest he spook all the deer in the area. After 3 ½ decades of deer hunting, I have learned that deer are a very curious creature, especially in regards to scents. Being raised on a farm, it didn’t take long to understand that exposing raw dirt meant there would be fresh deer tracks in it within 24 hours because deer are curious about the smell. I think some hunters give deer too much credit for having the ability to reason or deduce that a scent means that they are being hunted. I just don’t think deer are wired like that. Introducing new smells should not send deer running into the next county because they determine the new smell means a hunter is after them. I dont think they use that sort of reasoning. Not being afraid to try new things, I have been messing around with a curiosity scent. In the past, I have tried a attractants/scents for deer hunting that were not a rut (sex) based scents but rather a food/curiosity scent even though there is nothing for the deer to consume (unless they eat the material you put the scent on). I have had good luck those lures. I was intrigued after having some success with those lures so I have been playing around, trying to make my own food/curiosity oil scent (Oil based because it does not evaporate) In order to evaluate the drawing power of this food/curiosity scent, I bought two trail cameras and set about monitoring the results. I am new to trail cameras and this is my first time using trail cameras in the woods I hunt. I placed the cameras on 6-25-2011 For the first trials, I placed the scent in known travel corridors to ensure deer would be likely to encounter the scent. This way, I could hopefully determine if the scent attracted them or scared them away or had no effect at all. Also, I hoped to see if the scent made the deer skittish or nervous and whether they would visit the scent post only at night or during the day or both. Site #1 is in a swamp, near a small creek. I cut a tree the year prior for a shooting lane so I placed the scent on the cut end of the small tree to get the scent off the ground and because after viewing many many trail camera photos on the web, pictures of deer with their heads buried in the ground look as though those deer are eating something (Food, minerals, etc) so I wanted to avoid the appearance of deer at a mineral or food site placed on the ground. Below is a small sample of the hundreds of pictures I got. I have many many more including deer sniffing the ground around the tree which makes me think they are smelling the scent of the other deer that visited the area. Between June 23 and Aug 13, I got just over 300 pictures. These two pictures sparked my curiosity.