The experiment and the results

For the first time, I decided to try an early-season mock scrape experiment.

Last week I made multiple scrapes with buck urine in two different areas I have been hunting. For the last week, I have seen some reaction, found some rubs and scrapes in the area of one mock scrape, and have more evidence on camera of does visiting the sites.

I saw a group of does who seemed to be very curious about a mock scrape last week. A group of five wandered around the spot, and calmly walked off.

The next day I found a scrape 40 yards away. Interesting, I thought. Three days later, another scrape appeared 25 yards in the opposite direction.

In another mock scrape I built 500 yards away, there were some similar responses. My trail camera captured reactions as does walked up to the scrape and walked off.

What I haven’t found in my early-season scrape experiment is any bucks investigating the area. Cameras have been on both areas and I have yet to capture an image of a curious buck even though I have two new scrapes at one site. It’s a little confusing if you ask me.

Overall, I would describe the results as mixed. The mock scrapes don’t appear to be attracting many bucks in large numbers or frequency, but the does are investigating the area.

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