An experiment with a positive reaction

We’ve all heard the saying, for every action there is a reaction.

It’s true for hunting tactics as well.

Yes, sometimes we hope the reactions come sooner – we use grunt tubes and rattle horns in hopes of luring a buck to investigate. We use scents to attract deer, camo to hide from them and spend endless dollars to keep us warm.

This week I did a little experiment in the hopes that my action would create a reaction. Here’s a little backstory.

Each year I hunt an area of the woods that looks outstanding. We all probably have favorite areas to hunt. My area has acorns, water, cover and open woods combined. My problem is I rarely see deer on camera in this area and I can’t understand why.

It’s not overhunted. There’s not one item to say this area is a reg flag.

I hunted this area Saturday morning. Sure enough, no deer. When I was done hunting on Saturday I tried something new – I set up an early season mock scrape. I’ve never used an early season mock scrape – my experiments with scrapes have only been during the rut, but I thought why not give it a try.

This rub was made 10 feet from a mock scrape.

With the help of a dripper and some buck urine, I hung the mock scrape in the hopes of getting a reaction. Two days later on Monday I returned to see two fresh rubs. Amazing!

My experiment worked and verified I’m not losing my mind – there really are bucks in this area. Now I only have to find one while I’m on stand.

I share my experience to say that experimenting with anything in the woods can be a positive. It’s the only way we can learn what and what not to do.


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