Originally Posted by Seymore
You must not be familiar with buzzards and vultures.
They can smell them some juicy carrion from their loitering altitudes, anywhere from 1000 to 10,000 feet up.
The distinktive odor
of a carcass (of any species) wafts up on the thermals (especially in hot weather) and you will see the buzzards form a gyre up there over the delicacy (not the only time they gyre around-- they may do a group ascent gyre in the morning from a popular roost, riding the new thermals for the day, and sometimes they're practically invisible without binocs they get so high).
When they figure the corpse is ripe enough they'll follow the scent down, down, land right on target, and begin the banquet.
I shot a big 'possum near the house once, it ran into nearby brush and I usually bury stuff like that (deep, or the coyotes, 'coons or (?-chupacabra?) will dig it out).
Couldn't find it, but several hot days later a whole turkey
buzzard air force was loitering almost overhead (up high); they finally drifted down and commenced the feast 100yds away on the edge of the brush.
I assume many other bird species can smell too.
Y'all keeping that predator urine in bottles aboard: keep it away from the liquor locker, be a shame to mix the little Angostura Bitters bottle up with it.
And as far as eating rats, my French-Canadian-side kinfolk have eaten muskrat for a few hundred years. Granted, a muskrat is more like a beaver or nutria than a rat or mouse. But there's a reason why they're called musk
rats, they have a very distinctive odor
about them, especially while cooking
. An acquired taste for sure (yeah, I ate them too, long ago; tasty critters).