Setting up the BuckStik is a very simple process, but there are a few key procedures that will greatly increase your success whether you are looking to capture trail camera photos or pull deer into an area that you’re hunting.
Lets first discuss location. The BuckStik is going to excel in high deer traffic areas. Places like tree lines, fence lines, food plots, staging areas, or trail intersections. If it’s an area you would set a treestand to intercept likely deer travel, it’s going to be a great location for the BuckStik. As hunters, nearly all of us have “Honey Holes” on the private or public lands we’ve hunted over the years. These areas have continuously produced great trail camera photos or hunting results year after year. This is the type of spot the BuckStik can pull deer to like you’ve never seen before.
Typically, there are two trains of thought when using a BuckStik. The first is with the goal of drawing deer to the BuckStik to collect trail camera photos. This can of course be done before, during or after the hunting season. Many times, especially during the offseason, you can be a bit more aggressive with this strategy by pushing closer to bedding areas and other sanctuaries for setup. The second common use for the BuckStik is to place it near a treestand with the intention of pulling deer within range of your weapon of choice. The location and setup process rarely differ between the two tactics other than when you’re looking to hunt over the BuckStik and exact location for an ethical shot should be well thought out.
Once you have your location selected, the BuckStik is easily assembled by splicing the fiberglass base into top end where the forehead strip and interactive leaves, ropes and vines are located. Drive the base firmly into the ground to avoid deer knocking the product over. A mock scrape beneath the BuckStik is nearly always added for increased interaction. Scape the ground away under the BuckStik in roughly a 3x3 foot area. Next it is time to apply BuckStiks #1, #2 and #3 Glands. The #1 Gland or preorbital gland should be applied to the leaves, rope, and vines at the top of the BuckStik. Bucks rub their preorbital on branches and twigs above scrapes or rubs. This gland serves identification and calling-card purposes. The #2 Gland or the forehead gland should be applied to the mesh forehead strip, located just below the leaves. When a buck rubs its antlers and forehead glands on shrubs, trees, fence posts or anything else, it is embedding its signature. Lastly, the #3 Gland or the interdigital gland should be sprayed at the base of the BuckStik or in the mock scrape itself. The interdigital gland is a deer’s calling card. Odor is left in the deer’s track, whether a buck or doe. Remember, very little gland spray is needed. One to two pumps of the spray is enough for 2-3 weeks.
This entire setup process is ideally done well in-advance of your hunt or scouting season and should be executed with rubber gloves and a concern for scent control. Like many other deer hunting practices such as trail camera setup or treestand work, the less intrusive you can be while in the deer woods is always best. Once these tasks are complete your BuckStik will quickly begin to draw deer to its area. You should strive to refresh each gland scent every few weeks, especially during the prime periods of the fall. The BuckStik is extremely durable and can be left year-round, continually attracting deer to your property.