Video: How to make a mock scrape

A mock scrape can be used to pattern bucks or to take inventory of the kind of bucks roaming your hunting area. This video will show you how to make an effective mock scrape.
Video: How to make a mock scrape

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A mock scrape is another tool in the hunter’s toolbox. It consists of bottled deer scents and a pawed-up area of ground located on a main deer travel corridor. You can use it to help pattern bucks, make a nocturnal buck cruise his territory during the daylight hours in search of an intruder or when used in conjunction with a trail camera, to take inventory of bucks in your hunting area.

Scrapes are visual and scent communication posts. A buck will paw the ground, clearing it of leaves and debris and then urinate in it or urinate on its tarsal glands, which then saturate the dirt below. A buck will also rub its preorbital, forehead and nasal glands on a “licking” branch above the scrape. This deposits communicating scents above the scrape.

While a buck can make a scrape any time of year, the majority of scrapes are made during the pre-rut period a few weeks prior to peak breeding. These scrapes can serve as boundary markers in a buck’s territory or can be made along well-used trails, paths or field edges between bedding and feeding areas.

When creating a mock scrape, it’s best to place it along a well-used trail and especially along a path between bedding cover and a prime-feeding area. Check out this quick video to learn how to make a mock scrape and start attracting bucks to your hunting location.



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