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How to make a mock scrape


Jan 29, 2024
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How do you make a mock scrape?

How early can you make a mock scrape?

Start Early – Most folks set their mock scrapes up just before the season and wonder why they’re not as effective as they’d hoped. While deer typically only scrape in the fall, they will use licking branches year round. Set yours well ahead of hunting season to give deer ample time to find it and start using it.

What scents to use on a mock scrape?

Deer Scents and Mock Scrapes

Using deer scents on mock scrapes will prime your mock scrapes for deer activity and encourage other deer to use them.

Should you hunt over a mock scrape?

Though does will not paw the earth beneath the licking branch they will leave scent from their nasal and preorbital gland. So, should you bother hunting scrapes? Absolutely! Using mock scrapes to make a buck magnet is an incredibly effective strategy to eliminate both bucks and does.

Should you pee in a buck scrape?

That’s quite possible, because urine is basically the same thing after it comes in contact with air and soil. The urination tactic is effective in prompting bucks to approach the scrapes, smell the ground and feverishly re-work them. Be warned: This tactic doesn’t work all the time.

How often will a buck check a scrape?

During the two weeks leading up to peak breeding mature bucks can be expected to make between 6 and 12 scrapes every hour they are on their feet.

What time of day do bucks rub trees?

Late-night field rubs. Field rubs are made by bucks as they approach open areas to feed, usually in early season and most often at night. A mature buck probably won’t enter these open areas until after shooting light. The exception would be in lightly-hunted areas or during peak rut.

How do you outsmart a big buck?

5 Ways to Outsmart a Mature Buck

  1. Hunt a Just-Off Wind. Deer don’t always walk with their nose into the wind.
  2. Use a Decoy Setup. A decoy can be a great way to tick a buck off.
  3. Slip into the Bedding Area Early. Scent Crusher Realtree Camo Gear Bag.
  4. Go Where Other Hunters Won’t.
  5. Use Tactics No One Else Will.

Will a buck come back to a scrape?

After the buck has worked the ground and put scent on the overhanging limb, he’ll rub/urinate in the scrape. He will then move on and make other scrapes at other prime locations. When the buck returns to the scrape, he will check for estrous scent. If he finds it, he will follow her scent trail right to her.

Can you tell how big a buck is by a scrape?

Primary scrapes will be fairly large—anywhere from 12 to 24 inches across. I’ve seen some as big as 36 inches in diameter. They’ll have a chewed up licking branch. Look for different size tracks indicating its use by multiple deer.

How do you hunt a buck scrape line?

When should you hunt over scrapes?

In much of the country, late October is the pre-rut. This two-week period prior to the rut kicking in is an optimum time to hunt scrapes. However, scrapes located on field edges seem to be the least significant. Scrapes located in the woods near travel corridors and doe bedding areas are the key scrapes to hunt.

What time of year do Bucks make scrapes?

Bucks will make scrapes from late September through November, however, as a rule of thumb scrape lines occur in most areas around mid October.

Do big bucks make big scrapes?

However, I’ve seen far more young and middle-aged bucks spending time at hot scrapes than monster-racked brutes. In fact, quite often I’ve witnessed the biggest bucks ignore scrapes entirely.

Do bucks check scrapes after rain?

Whitetail bucks often leave visual evidence of where they have been in the form of rubs and scrapes. Despite the fact that many mature bucks check scrapes under the cover of darkness, hunting scrapes after a rain could increase your chances of crossing paths with a big whitetail buck.

Do bucks move in rain?

First off, remember that mature bucks will be moving right after the rain quits. More importantly, this entails that they will be moving during the daylight. Rain is one of the few things that will increase daytime movement, therefore, it is important to take advantage of it.

Do deer move in the rain during rut?

Deer will be active all day during a steady rain, especially if the wet weather lasts for several days. Don’t let these conditions discourage you! The deer are out there and they must eat and socialize (especially during the rut). Deer won’t alter their behavior merely because it’s raining.

Do bucks bed near scrapes?

Bucks scrape early and often within their core areas, in particular near where they frequent the most hours of the day: Where they bed and where they feed.

Where do bucks like to bed?

A southwest-facing slope provides two key elements a buck will look for in a bedding area: headwind and sunshine. This allows them to smell danger long before they see it and seek out a little warmth in the colder months. Mature bucks will typically lay down with a thick stand of trees at their backs.

What time do bucks bed down?

While I often see deer feeding after sunset and before sunrise, I also see them bedded in or near the fields from 10:00 – 12:00 PM and from 2:00 – 4:00 AM. Several different studies on daily deer movement show that during the fall deer are most active at night around dawn and dusk, and from 12:00 – 2:00 AM.

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