DIY Deer Lure

by Michael Kozlowski
A homemade deer lure is an inexpensive way to get deer into a good viewing area.

A homemade deer lure is an inexpensive way to get deer into a good viewing area.

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Whether attracting deer for nature viewing or for hunting, a deer lure helps ensure that deer come, and linger, where you want them. There are a lot of expensive deer lures commercially available, but it is reasonably easy and inexpensive to make one of your own. A peanut butter mixture in a homemade dispenser works well, partially because it's something that deer won't find elsewhere.

Items you will need

  • Empty, clean paint can with handle and lid
  • Spray paint
  • Drill and 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Peanut butter
  • Molasses
  • Brown sugar
Step 1

Check local regulations to ensure that you can place items out to bait deer and whether any restrictions exist. This is usually only an issue when baiting for hunting, but it is best to double check that you are not breaking any laws.

Step 2

Use spray paint to camouflage the exterior of a paint can. Drill three or four 3/8-inch holes in the bottom of the paint can.

Step 3

Mix peanut butter, molasses and brown sugar in a bowl. Use a mixture of 3/4 peanut butter to 1/4 molasses with sugar added to taste. The mixture should be thick enough so it cannot be poured, but thin enough to drop off of a spoon.

Step 4

Put the mixture into the paint can and hammer the lid back in place.

Step 5

Hang the paint can from a branch of a tree, using the handle, where it is exposed to the sun. The sun will heat the mixture and thin it so that it drips out of the holes in the bottom.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place the lure in area that, while exposing it to the sun, offers a clear view from your home or hunting blind.
  • Tie the handle of the can to the tree to keep hungry squirrels from knocking it down.

About the Author

Michael Kozlowski began writing in 2006 and has published fiction in Eternal Press, "The Monsters Next Door" and "Scarlett Literary Magazine." He also has a novel-length travel memoir distributed through He spent many years in the manufacturing and construction trades, traveling extensively. Kozlowski attended Wayne State University for graphic design and fine art.

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