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hey today i went out and put a stand up and also made a mock scrape i put a molasses mineral site down in mock scrape and also put a tempature operated deer scent disperser above it. i put estrous doe scent in it. Is this the right way to do it to attract deer to the area. Or should i put buck urine in it??

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The mock scrapes I have made are to generate a response from a buck, to peak his interest . I use any type of urine available preferably doe in heat or saved buck urine. A buck does not expect molasses , he's hungery for the does !

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I wouldn't be adding anything else. If the ground is soft enough you could rake around the area to see if there are any new tracks comming That won't bother the deer one bit. You don't have to make a mock scrape but it doesn't hurt neither. Never overdue it with lure, a little goes a long way If there are deer in the area and you put the time in you should be fine.. Good Hunting Thumbs up

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You might want to try that again without the molassess. Just rake up the ground and add some pee buck and doe. Solo bucks urinate on the scrape to leave his calling card for available does. Does also indicate their interest by urinating. Bucks make many scrapes in the pre-rut, but not all are actively revisited - being able to tell which is an active scrape and which aren't is one of the great mysteries of deer hunting (size just means how worked up the buck was when he made the scrape, and has little to do with active/inactive scrapes). If it is an active scrape the buck will periodically revisit the site looking for any interested, unclaimed does. An active scrape should be near areas where the buck expect does to congregate: feeding areas, bedding areas and major travel corridors.

I'm not sure what effect a mock scrape would have - except during the pre-rut it may peak the interest of dominant bucks who may go looking to run off the new challenger. Perhaps make the mock scrape, set-up nearby in good cover and rattle a bit. Think

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i thought the reasin deer made scrapes was while they were eating. like i always see scrapes under apple trees and stuff???

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racer965 wrote:
i thought the reasin deer made scrapes was while they were eating. like i always see scrapes under apple trees and stuff???

Sometimes they do paw at the ground to rake up fallen acorns, hazelnuts or spilled grain, but that's something different than a "scrape". Scrapes are almost always (every one I've ever seen at least) are located at the base of trees - spruce, pine, poplar, aspen, maple, willow, alder...it doesn't seem to matter what type. Every one I've seen has been located near areas of concentrated deer activity (such as an apple orchard which would be a key feeding area). There are likely others near bedding areas and along the major trails leading to and from the orchard. Their purpose seems to be to advertise themselves to available does and possibly to lay claim to a particular area.

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so does the scrape me n e thing after the rut is over then???

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Scrapes as I know them are a "male thing"during the rut. In our area when we get early snow sometimes as well as early frost",pawing" for food is more prevelant than scrapes. Both conditions can overlap here also
Bucks are roamers during the rut and he may never return to a previous scrape area if there are not does in the immediate area. Young bucks will go just about eveywhere and anywhere.

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racer965 wrote:
so does the scrape me n e thing after the rut is over then???

Not really, except for when scouting for the next year. They indicate the general range of a buck, if he survives through to the next season or run off by another buck he'll almost certainly be in the same vicinity next year. In spring and summer bucks (and deer in general for that matter) may (probably will) occupy a different range near food. As fall comes (and crops are harvested, fruits ripen etc, etc) they move into fall ranges. Frequently areas which show promising sign in the summer dry up once fall comes. If this happens, the first place to go looking is areas with old rubs and scrapes from previous years.

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