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Turkey anal gland scent question
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Contributors to this thread:
Jaquomo 01-Apr-19
Watts 01-Apr-19
Glunt@work 01-Apr-19
midwest 01-Apr-19
Grubby 01-Apr-19
tobywon 01-Apr-19
Teeton 01-Apr-19
pointingdogs 01-Apr-19
HUNT MAN 01-Apr-19
Scoot 01-Apr-19
cnelk 01-Apr-19
Brotsky 01-Apr-19
Mule Power 01-Apr-19
APauls 01-Apr-19
orionsbrother 01-Apr-19
Ambush 01-Apr-19
Jaquomo 01-Apr-19
TrapperKayak 01-Apr-19
t-roy 01-Apr-19
Jaquomo 01-Apr-19
JTV 01-Apr-19
elkmtngear 01-Apr-19
Ambush 01-Apr-19
TrapperKayak 01-Apr-19
Shortstop 01-Apr-19
GhostBird 01-Apr-19
Buglmin 01-Apr-19
Jaquomo 01-Apr-19
12yards 01-Apr-19
Mark Watkins 01-Apr-19
TD 01-Apr-19
orionsbrother 01-Apr-19
drycreek 01-Apr-19
Glunker 01-Apr-19
gobbler 01-Apr-19
Jaquomo 01-Apr-19
Glunt@work 01-Apr-19
Jaquomo 02-Apr-19
TrapperKayak 02-Apr-19
Jaquomo 02-Apr-19
Jaquomo 02-Apr-19
orionsbrother 02-Apr-19
TrapperKayak 02-Apr-19
Paul@thefort 02-Apr-19
Jaquomo 02-Apr-19
Paul@thefort 03-Apr-19
Zbone 03-Apr-19
t-roy 03-Apr-19
Treeline 03-Apr-19
Ambush 04-Apr-19
TrapperKayak 04-Apr-19
Treeline 04-Apr-19
Brotsky 04-Apr-19
t-roy 04-Apr-19
Ambush 04-Apr-19
Treeline 04-Apr-19
TrapperKayak 05-Apr-19
Brotsky 05-Apr-19
Huntcell 05-Apr-19
Will 05-Apr-19
Jaquomo 05-Apr-19
t-roy 05-Apr-19
From: Jaquomo
01-Apr-19
I've been using turkey anal gland scent on my jake decoys for the past several years, with great success. I collect it from mature toms and freeze it until the following year. Sometimes it really seems to make a difference on those spooky toms that would otherwise hang up out of range. One whiff and they run in and attack the decoy. It's like magic. TBM told me about it.

Anyway, my question is, will Merriams anal gland scent work on Rios and Easterns, or is anal gland oil subspecies-specific? It sure smells the same, but wondering. Hoping some of the experts will know. Thanks!

From: Watts
01-Apr-19
I heard if you eat turkey you can use your own anal gland scent to fool Toms.

Particularly in gay bars.

From: Glunt@work
01-Apr-19
I've wondered this as well but never asked because I was afraid it was common knowledge and I would like like novice.

I've been collecting it for a few years which isnt easy. Probably easier on dead ones.

From: midwest
01-Apr-19

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Tink was WAY ahead of his time. Happy April 1, Lou!

From: Grubby
01-Apr-19
Be careful when transporting any natural anal scent across state lines. I’m currently working with a group of chemists to formulate a totally synthetic turkey anal gland scent.

From: tobywon
01-Apr-19
Just remember to use your ozonics and setup down wind, those turkeys have a better sense of smell than easterns. Maybe use the acorn cruncher call too. I find the deer view mirror works well for those Toms that try to skirt you as well :)

From: Teeton
01-Apr-19
I find it best to not come on bowsite on April 1, to many Jaquomo's. :)

From: pointingdogs
01-Apr-19
..if you accidently get the scent on your clothes..... could a turkey possibly attack you? Asking for a friend.

From: HUNT MAN
01-Apr-19
When I was in Nebraska they mixed Busch light with makers marker and put it on the decoys and had a spray bottle for the blind. Very effective

From: Scoot
01-Apr-19
Jaq, I use semen from a unicorn collected during the blood moon. Works at least as well as anal gland scent.

From: cnelk
01-Apr-19
Isnt is easier to just get the scent after they drag their ass across the leaves? Similar to what a dog does on carpet?

From: Brotsky
01-Apr-19
I know Hunt is April foolin'. I've been to Nebraska, there isn't any Makers or Busch Latte's left in the morning for that nonsense! :-)

If you really want to go next level you need to get a plucked hen from the supermarket and put in your decoys. No man can resist the allure of the bare breast.

From: Mule Power
01-Apr-19
TBM was certainly an anal specialist. The sphincter master.

From: APauls
01-Apr-19
^^^^LMAO oh boy this thread went south

01-Apr-19
Lou - What's the best method for retrieving that gland?

Insert thumb and forefinger, pinch and pull?

Or do you just put the bird in your armpit and squeeze to prolapse?

From: Ambush
01-Apr-19
I'm not sure how big your turkeys are, but I once sat on a squirt bottle of Cow Moose in Heat.

Try telling a thousand pound bull moose you have a headache!

From: Jaquomo
01-Apr-19
You guys think I'm joking, but I'm not. I have 332 bowkilled turkeys to prove it works.. OB, there's definitely a technique for collecting. First time I tried palpating and it squirted in my mouth. Not recommended. Now I retrieve the whole gland from the inside and quickly tie it off. Then I put it in my buddy's beer cooler to keep it chilled....

From: TrapperKayak
01-Apr-19
"..have 332 bowkilled turkeys." There is the joke...;)

From: t-roy
01-Apr-19
Should make absolutely no difference as far as effectiveness on multiple subspecies, Lou, as they are all, pretty much, crossbred anyway. (See “Where to go for a Rio” thread)

I’ve had better success using strictly nothing but tarsal glands from Oscillated turkeys, or, in a pinch, Gould’s. It really brings out an incredible territorial response in our local birds here, due to the foreign nature of the smell. Smells faintly of enchiladas with a hint of guacamole. When using decoys along with the scent, I recommend setting up facing south, with a wall between you and the birds. They can’t resist that setup, however, many times, they come in at night, especially the wise birds.

From: Jaquomo
01-Apr-19
I've tried tarsal and also wattle gland scent from domestic turkeys and it didnt seem to work. But you're right, I did get a lot of trail cam pictures in the middle of the night. They fly down off the roost to check it out, then go back up.

TrapperKayak, you must not remember my mentor, TBM.. He is the greatest and most succcessful archery turkey hunter in history, but alas, he has been banished from the Bowsite because of his amazing success on impossible-to-kill Alabama turkeys. BTW, I've been hunting them for 45 years, average 7-8 birds a year, so my math may be off a little but not much. There are a few years in the late 70s where my memory is a little fuzzy.

From: JTV
01-Apr-19
Here, pull my finger .........

From: elkmtngear
01-Apr-19
"I have 332 bowkilled turkeys to prove it works"..

Sure, maybe on Colorado Turkeys...an Alabama Turkey would take one whiff, and bug right out! Takes more than anal gland tricks to fool a wily old Alabama Gobbler!

From: Ambush
01-Apr-19
Maybe a market for a smaller Butt Out tool??

Turkey Butt Management or TBM for short.

From: TrapperKayak
01-Apr-19
7 or 8 a season? With bow? (must be crossbow). Member of ABA? Alabama Poachers Anonymous? Or is the AL turkey limit the same as the deer limit - 1 a day for several weeks... LOL! Hunt with dogs too? BTW, turkeys don't have an anus. They have a cloaca. You have to have TCM degree to pass. Turkey Cloaca Management.

From: Shortstop
01-Apr-19
April Fools!!

From: GhostBird
01-Apr-19
You guys just got me in trouble... boss walked in and asked me what I was laughing at. :(

From: Buglmin
01-Apr-19
Lou, The problem with using any scent of turkeys, is first, make sure it's legal. Second, you gotta kill all human scent. There's a reason why birds circle you're decoys, they're scent checking, and one small whiff of human and they're gone!!

Waddle scent, made by Mr. Bone Collector himself, Mike Waddledell, seems to work good on the Texas Rios. We're mist spraying with it like we do for elk, and having good success mist spraying, especially if the birds are coming in downwind!! I heard Ever Calm is now making a cover scent for turkeys, smells kinda like a chicken coop. Give it a try. Lots of good reports coming in from those Mississippi boys..

From: Jaquomo
01-Apr-19
TrapperKayak, seriously. Did you not get this thread?BTW, I live in Colorado. I can hunt 4 states within a 2 hour drive, and all have multiple turkey limits in spring, plus fall turkey hunting.

You do understand that this is April Fool's Day, right? And no, turkeys don't have an anus nor do they have anal glands or tarsal glands or wattle glands, nor can they smell, and this thread is a complete hoax to rope in guys like you who take themselves, and life, way too seriously. Figured I'd explain that just in case you missed out on the joke that everyone else got.....

From: 12yards
01-Apr-19
If you do use the turkey anal gland scent, be sure to not set up upwind of an ostrich farm. Apparently the pheromones are similar.

From: Mark Watkins
01-Apr-19
Nicely done Lou (and others)!!!

Some great entertainment right here!

Mark

From: TD
01-Apr-19
It might work..... but I'm thinkin' yur gonna need shower after......

01-Apr-19
Wait a minute!

I was serious when I was asking about squeezing my turkey!!

From: drycreek
01-Apr-19
Scrote x-rays, looking up turkey butts, what's next ? SMH Lou :-)

From: Glunker
01-Apr-19
Is that really how CWD got its start?

From: gobbler
01-Apr-19
You guys are way off base. It’s the interdigital gland scent that really works. Spread a line of it thru the woods and any turkey that crosses it will follow it right to you.

From: Jaquomo
01-Apr-19
Dang, never thought about the interdigital gland but that makes perfect sense! I'll try that next week.

OB, squeezing the turkey is different from choking the chicken. Call me. We need to talk...

From: Glunt@work
01-Apr-19

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I guess its no secret. These TG3000 turkey gland extraction pumps are up on Camofire as we speak. Was hoping for one in Vias or Optifade, but non-camo is all there is left.

From: Jaquomo
02-Apr-19
You can paint it with Bow Dull like we used to do back in the Good Old Days. Not as effective as Vias or Optifade but if you stay in the shadows you probably will be ok. Toughest part is getting the damned tom to hold still during the process..

From: TrapperKayak
02-Apr-19
Lou, LOL! You obviously got fooled by MY spoofin'. You must think I'm a real idiot not to have gotten all that. Really? Who's the joke on now? Must be the 70s effects... ;) BTW, I'm from NY. Maybe that's why you think I'm too stupid to catch on to all this.

From: Jaquomo
02-Apr-19
Nice try...

From: Jaquomo
02-Apr-19
Thanks to everybody else for playing along. You guys turned it into a fun thread!

02-Apr-19

orionsbrother's Link

From: TrapperKayak
02-Apr-19
I collect it, turkey anal gland scent. I have 332 bowkilled turkeys' anal gland oil.

Nice, Lou. That's a heckuva claim to fame...;)

From: Paul@thefort
02-Apr-19

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Hey Lou, where do we give? We hope you fingers are warm and gentle. Is this like a colonoscopy inspection?
Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
Hey Lou, where do we give? We hope you fingers are warm and gentle. Is this like a colonoscopy inspection?
Lou, I hear you are giving a turkey hunting seminar at the PY Convention next week. You will be on just prior to Donald Trump JR, on Friday night. Will you have enough turkey gland scent bottled up, to go around? If not, you better get cracking.

From: Jaquomo
02-Apr-19
Yep. My seminar will be on gland extraction and scent preservation, plus best setups for scent lures. This element has been ignored because only recently did scientists learn that turkeys do smell certain turkey excretions, but not human scent.

Talked to Don Jr. Tonight and he told me to take as much time as needed, since this is such an important and groundbreaking discovery. Kimberly is especially interested...

From: Paul@thefort
03-Apr-19
I hear that if you do not wear rubber gloves................................................................! Well you get the meaning and you think acid is dangerous.

From: Zbone
03-Apr-19
Somebody has to prove to me turkeys have a decent sense of smell, if that was the case explain why they'll come into humans downwind...

From: t-roy
03-Apr-19
The fact that Tink’s sells turkey scent, plus it’s getting harder to find, is all the proof I need that shows me it must be working!

From: Treeline
03-Apr-19

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Damnit Jaq!

At least shoot them first!

Obviously, you’ve been sneaking up and gathering anal scent from poor unsuspecting toms... Probably in the dark of night while they are in the roost!

Obviously cruel and unethical behavior!

From: Ambush
04-Apr-19
Treeline, great pics of a rare old world turkey subspecies!! The Mega-sore-ass.

From: TrapperKayak
04-Apr-19
LOL!

From: Treeline
04-Apr-19
Hell, those were just some local Merriam’s I saw wandering around over by Lou’s place.

Obviously been violated!

From: Brotsky
04-Apr-19
LMAO! The level of dedication on this site is what makes it such a great place. The fact that someone would take the time to photoshop some real inflamed arse holes on strutting turkeys just to get a laugh is extremely impressive. We truly are next level here at the Bowsite! :-)

From: t-roy
04-Apr-19
Looks like proper glandular insertion or extraction procedure protocol was not followed correctly. You’d think that after 300 and some odd turkeys, you could do it in your sleep!

From: Ambush
04-Apr-19
t-roy lets just leave turkey anus, insertion and sleep out of this. Whatever Jaq does with a consenting turkey is his own business.

From: Treeline
04-Apr-19
Be careful Brotsky! Sounds like Procto-Jaq is headed east toward Omaha. He heard that there would be a hellacious flock of turkeys over there next week all primed up and ready for extraction:-)

From: TrapperKayak
05-Apr-19
Lou is not afraid to 'Express himself' "Yep. My seminar will be on gland extraction" :)

From: Brotsky
05-Apr-19
Treeline, I hear the owner of Bowsite is planning to drug those turkeys with free alcohol to aid in extraction in exchange for free product. I have heard the scent greatly aids in his new style of "catch and release" turkey hunting.

From: Huntcell
05-Apr-19
This is great, TBM reincarnated western style. Out of the but thinking fur sure. Master of his own domain. Not that there is nothing wrong with that.

From: Will
05-Apr-19
THIS, is frigging hilarious!!! Thank you Jaq... THANK YOU! ha ha ha ha!

From: Jaquomo
05-Apr-19
I sprayed down my Jake decoy today and passed up 8 birds inside 10 yards because K114 hasn't arrived yet.. Not an April Fools joke. :-(

Luckily I have a gallon of gland juice for this hunt. These toms love the stuff.... They get downwind, smell it, and run in gobbling. Sure wanted to blood K114 with my first bird of the year so hopefully It will be delivered tomorrow!

From: t-roy
05-Apr-19
Just hope we don’t have to rename the knife “K-Y” 114, when you get done with it, Lou!

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