Scrapes: It’s definitely worth a shot

I have always known what scrapes were and that bucks made them. What I didn’t know long ago was how effective hunting over and around mock scrapes could be.

About five years ago, I started reading more about mock scrapes, educating myself the best I could. What I learned is that bucks make scrapes not only during the rut, but during all times of the year.

During the hunting season, there is a time and place to use and make mock scrapes. In early to mid-October, it’s safe to make a scrape with buck urine. A word of advice: Use gloves and keep your scent away as best as possible around the site.

This week I used an old stick and scratched up an area, followed by eight drops of urine in the dirt. The idea is that a dominant buck will find it and take the scrape over as his own.

A properly placed camera at the site will show you what’s checking out the area. In the photo, you will see that often I had multiple bucks cruising around my mock scrape.

As Halloween approaches, start to mix in doe in estrus urine, especially if you’ve been seeing antlers on those photos. It’s important that you wait until late October to make the switch to estrus.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have a visitor at the right time, and you’ll be waiting.

 

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