How to attract deer to a hunting stand with peanut butter

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How to attract deer to a hunting stand with peanut butter
Attract deer to your stand with a simple peanut butter attractor. (deer image by Henryk Olszewski from

Attracting deer is part of the challenge associated with deer hunting. Hunters use a variety of means to attract deer to specific areas, such as near or around deer stands or blinds. Feeders, stumps and blocks are commonly used to attract deer and may be purchased from a variety of sporting and feed outlets. However, peanut butter can also prove to be effective as a deer attractant and is an economical alternative to the often higher priced proven attractants.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Coffee can or similar container with lid
  • Scent-blocking soap
  • Water
  • Spray paint (brown or green)
  • Duct tape (dark)
  • Drill with bit
  • Small diameter rope or cord, 10 feet long
  • Peanut butter

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  1. 1

    Clean a coffee can or other similar container thoroughly before using. Wash the inside and outside of the can with soap and water. Use a scent-blocking soap if possible to help remove odours. Allow the can to dry thoroughly, then spray the outside with a dark colour such as brown or green. Set the can aside for several hours and allow to dry.

  2. 2

    Place the can on a sturdy work surface with the bottom end up. Drill a hole in the centre of the container bottom with a drill. A small diameter rope or cord will be inserted into the hole later. Match the drill bit to the diameter of the rope or cord to determine the correct size.

  3. 3

    Feed a 10-foot length of small diameter rope or cord down through the bottom of the container. Turn the container over and pull enough rope up through the can so that you can form a knot. Tie an overhand knot in the end of the rope or cord. Slide the knot as close to the end of the rope or cord as possible.

  4. 4

    Turn the container back over with the bottom up and pull the rope back through the hole until the knot catches against the inside of the container. The attached rope will serve as a means to suspend the attractor from a tree.

  5. 5

    Drill several holes in the lid of the container with your drill and a 1/4-inch drill bit. Space the holes across the surface of the lid.

  6. 6

    Place peanut butter onto the inside of the container lid. Place the lid on the container and secure it in place with a strip of dark-coloured duct tape around the side. Hang the attractor from a limb so that it is near your stand and located 8 to 10 feet off the ground.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider mixing the peanut butter with a small amount of molasses as this will add scent and sweetness to the attractor. The molasses will also help to thin the peanut butter and may help it drip through the holes better as the temperature warms.
  • Place the attractor in a warm and sunny spot for best results as the peanut butter needs to heat up and thin so it can drip through the holes in the lid.

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