Using a mock scrape to bring in that trophy buck is one of the most underused deer hunting tips in the deer hunting world. It works the best during the pre-rut season and if it is done properly, it will bring in the bucks all through the rut season looking for those receptive does.
Creating a Mock Scrap:
Creating a mock scrape is one way of bringing in the bucks. But it will not do you any good unless there are sizeable bucks in the area, to begin with. When we say sizeable, we mean what you the reader considers a deer you would take. When deer hunting, you should always hunt according to your own skill level and for the deer in the area that is the proper size in your terminology for harvesting.
Scrapes versus Rubs
There is a difference between the two when you are scouting out a place to go deer hunting. A scrape is where an older, larger deer will leave his ‘calling card’ and it is worked multiple times throughout the course of a year. They leave their scent on the tree or other items they mark and will come back to refresh the smell.
A rub is similar to a scrape except that a buck will only mark it once and not come back to it the same year. In addition to marking his territory, the buck will also chew on the branches above the scrape, adding more of his scent. When looking for these signs, remember these deer hunting tips and make sure you look up to tell the difference between a scrape and a rub.
Tips to Find Active Scrapes
When you first go out to look for a deer scrape, look in areas that are on higher ground and that are dry. Bucks will scrape in areas where the scent will not be washed away when there is good rainfall. Edges of fields where there are row crops or food plots are a great place to discover a scrape. Trails that enter wetlands will also have scrapes. Just because you find a scrape, however, is not a signal to go out and start hunting the area. You need to be assured that the area is still active and not a scrape that was made during the previous year’s pre-season rut.
If you want to know whether or not the scrape is active, try covering it over with leaves and come back in a few days to check it. You’ll be able to tell if the buck has come back to the scrape because it will have been freshened and your covering moved. From here you will want to set up a way to see what class of buck you have found. Good deer hunting tips for this situation is to spend a day or so upwind of the scrape to see who has been visiting it. Or you can set up a camera.
Setting Up Your Mock Scrape
You may find that the buck that has made the initial scrape only visits it during the nighttime. Now you want to focus on making that buck believe another buck has taken over the area. You can do this by reworking the active scrape you’ve already found or created a mock scrape. Both will work the same way, except the mock scrape is made from scratch.
Here are a few deer hunting tips to use when you set out to make your mock scrape.
The first thing you need to remember is to never leave your scent. Use rubber boots and rubber gloves to hide your smell. Also, make sure you choose an area similar to the original scrape.
You will need to be able to recreate a licking branch about 40 inches above the scrape line. Once you do this, making the scrape is not that hard.
Start making the mock scrape by working the soft ground with the heel of your boot. The object here is to reveal fresh earth by making an oval pattern in the ground by just removing the upper layer of grass or moss.
Take the buck urine that you brought with you and saturate the fresh earth with it. Let it soak in naturally while to your work on the licking branch above you.
Twist the branch around until you can remove a small portion of it. Then take the manufactured pre-orbital gland scent that you purchased and apply it to the end of the branch.
Check your mock scrape every few days to see if your buck has returned and reworked the scrape with his own scent. If he has, freshen it with your own ‘scent’ and get in your tree stand or behind your blinds and get ready. Your buck is bound to come back and you’ll have a new trophy for your wall.