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Make a Mock Scrape Now!

October 25, 2010
Make a Mock Scrape Now! - 7

Over the past few days, the bucks have really been tearing up the woods and leaving behind a lot of hot sign. As a deer hunter, I love spotting bright yellow rub trees and fresh scrapes. All of this coupled with cooler temperatures and the musky smell of tarsal scent in the air has really got me excited. Most of you on the BBZ know exactly what I am talking about and you’re probably already fired-up about the upcoming rut. With that being said, if you’re dreaming about locating a thick-necked bruiser right now, then you really need to give the following high-impact strategy a try the next time you hit the woods.

Make A Mock Scrape
One of the fastest ways to determine what kind of bucks are roaming around your hunting area is to hang a series of trail-cameras overlooking some mock scrapes. With this procedure, being completely scent-free and picking the right locations will ultimately determine your overall success in the field. In order to cut down on human scent, I highly recommend wearing a pair of knee-high rubber boots and latex gloves when making any mock scrape. Next, utilize a stick to rake away leaf litter directly below an overhanging branch that is about head high. Place a scent wick with tarsal lure on the branch above the scrape and spray some buck urine on the ground.

Location & Camera Position
For the best results, try to construct multiple mock scrapes near high-traffic areas like current food sources, travel corridors, and along the edges of known doe bedding areas. You will also want to keep the scrape active by periodically adding fresh buck and doe urine, especially after a heavy rain. Lastly, just point your trail-cameras toward the center of each scrape and let the games begin. My son recently utilized this deadly technique to capture the pictures above from a small patch of woods behind our house.

As a result, you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be climbing into his stand just about every day after school and this is exactly what you need to be doing as well. What are you waiting for? Right now you can use this scouting technique to pinpoint, pattern, and connect with a top-heavy buck in your neck of the woods. Be sure to keep us posted on the BBZ about what the bucks are doing inside of your favorite hunting area.

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from garfi wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I found this to be very true. The cold weather is just now starting to come our way. Over the last couple of weeks my camera has been empty but after putting out a mock scrape I was able to snag some pics of some pretty good bucks claiming their ground. porno day Nice picture!

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from teebo wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

i put one of the mock scrapes after reading this article. worked great! thanks for the tips

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from 6phunter wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

DEER movement in west kentucky is slow with warm temperatures,I'VE found a few rubs and fewer scrapes ,plenty of acorns so travel not required now.activity of doe sightings beginning to increse with young bucks kinda wandering around. big bucks seem to be nocturnal as I'VE only seen them along the road after dark .WITH LOTS of foilage down it should be busy time for the upcoming rifle season .

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from Bryan wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I found this to be very true. The cold weather is just now starting to come our way. Over the last couple of weeks my camera has been empty but after putting out a mock scrape I was able to snag some pics of some pretty good bucks claiming their ground. Nice picture!

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from charlie elk wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

On one hand congratulations Ishi, but there is a downside to being tagged out. Fortunately I live in an area with no limit on deer except you are only allowed 2 bucks making tagging out hard to do. ;-) Good luck with your ML.
later,
charlie

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from Ishi wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I'm tagged out. Except for a doe tag I'm saving for M/L season I'm looking forward to next year already. I am currently spending my time chasing Boone & Crockett squirrels.

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from charlie elk wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

It is a little late to bother with mock scrapes in WI. The bucks are off them now; in pursuit of ladies; who are not ready; so they hide; but the buck's noses find them all curled up unmoving on the forest floor. Mr. Big Buck the patient man he is, for now - lay down to wait them out. In a few days the love crazed chase begins ;-D)))))
Scrapes will be the last thing on his mind until the second rut in December.
later,
charlie
Good Hunting to all.

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from Ishi wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I'm tagged out. Except for a doe tag I'm saving for M/L season I'm looking forward to next year already. I am currently spending my time chasing Boone & Crockett squirrels.

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from charlie elk wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

On one hand congratulations Ishi, but there is a downside to being tagged out. Fortunately I live in an area with no limit on deer except you are only allowed 2 bucks making tagging out hard to do. ;-) Good luck with your ML.
later,
charlie

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from Bryan wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I found this to be very true. The cold weather is just now starting to come our way. Over the last couple of weeks my camera has been empty but after putting out a mock scrape I was able to snag some pics of some pretty good bucks claiming their ground. Nice picture!

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from charlie elk wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

It is a little late to bother with mock scrapes in WI. The bucks are off them now; in pursuit of ladies; who are not ready; so they hide; but the buck's noses find them all curled up unmoving on the forest floor. Mr. Big Buck the patient man he is, for now - lay down to wait them out. In a few days the love crazed chase begins ;-D)))))
Scrapes will be the last thing on his mind until the second rut in December.
later,
charlie
Good Hunting to all.

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from 6phunter wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

DEER movement in west kentucky is slow with warm temperatures,I'VE found a few rubs and fewer scrapes ,plenty of acorns so travel not required now.activity of doe sightings beginning to increse with young bucks kinda wandering around. big bucks seem to be nocturnal as I'VE only seen them along the road after dark .WITH LOTS of foilage down it should be busy time for the upcoming rifle season .

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from teebo wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

i put one of the mock scrapes after reading this article. worked great! thanks for the tips

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from garfi wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I found this to be very true. The cold weather is just now starting to come our way. Over the last couple of weeks my camera has been empty but after putting out a mock scrape I was able to snag some pics of some pretty good bucks claiming their ground. porno day Nice picture!

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