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need some help UPDATE!

I live in central Alabama and even though I am not new to deer hunting it has been over 24 years and back then I only did stalk hunting. I will be hunting on private land that has not been hunted in over 10 years, I know where the deer are bedding down and there are several trails in the area where I will be setting up. I have some questions that I was hoping some of you could help me with. I am planning on using a mock scrape for the first time and was thinking of doing the following; about four weeks before gun season starts (Nov 20), create my mock scrape and then use the Wildlife Research Center Magnum Scrape Dripper to drop the buck urine into it. About a week before gun season opens I will swap to using doe estrus either in the dripper or on a wick. Does this sound like a good idea or am I missing something? My second question is this; blind or stand? I figure that it’s too late to put up a stand for this season but once again I not sure. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Welcome to BGH,  There are a

Welcome to BGH,  There are a few things to take into consideration when making a mock scrape.  :This is specificly based off my experience:  What is the buck to doe ratio?  If you have a high ratio of does to bucks it could work against you because they will just select a different place to scrape because they don't have to compete.  Also take a look at the buck urine you select.  Are you going to be using dominate buck urine?  If so this may intimidate any younger bucks (we all know we enjoy seeing bucks no matter the size or age, doesn't mean we have to take the shot).  Scrapes will peak curiosity and can draw in doe's.  Once the rut sets in any time a doe is near there is a good chance there will be a buck somewhere near by.  I personaly use mock scraps, I have found that just by using doe estrus works just fine during peak rut times.

As far as stand or blind I have always liked stands just to try and keep my scent more in control.  An aluminum climbing stand would be a good investment.  If you have already scouted and know the bedding area and feeding area then a climbing stand between the two would be a good choice.  Try putting up a trail camera and try and narrow down thier moving patterns.

Really when it all comes down to it there are so many different things you can do to increase the success of your hunt and on any given day some may work and some may not.  But even if what you try doesn't yield you a Monster Buck every year just being outdoors is sometimes reward enough.  Keep us posted on how things are going Thumbs up

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Stillrollin seems to have

Stillrollin seems to have covered it all, but all I gotta say is....... Alabama, private land, not hunted in over a decade..... you should have a fun hunt for sure...... Yes

Good luck!!!!

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I agree, right now I'm

I agree, right now I'm wishing I was in your shoes with a spot like that .

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Well, I just put my stand up

Well, I just put my stand up today, I think I have the perfect spot, I am on the side of an old road bed that is covered in grass, there were two fresh sets of tracks there. my stand is 15 ft high, with a clear shot up to 75 yds. There are three trails that converge within 30yds of each other onto the old road bed they are using. I am going to start putting some corn out at the 75 yd spot and then about 20 yds from my stand is the perfect small tree hanging over the road for my mock scrape and scent dripper. I can not wait for Nov 20 to get here.

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Sounds like you have a great

Sounds like you have a great spot and are all ready.  Best of luck, but most importantly, make sure all that corn has been eaten and disappears before the 10th of November...... Whistling

ALABAMA HUNTING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

It is ILLEGAL to:

1. Hunt any area where baiting/feeding has occurred until 10 days after all bait/feed has been removed or consumed.

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Well I de-scented myself as

Well I de-scented myself as much as possible and checked out my site today. There where fresh tracks entering the old road bed about 35-40 yds from my stand and then went right past the ladder to my stand(within a foot) and out to my parents garden where it proceeded to eat their collards. I created a mock scrape with scent dripper about 30 yds from my stand as that was the only decent place to create one. I have started to see alot of deer activity around here the past couple of weeks when we had that cold spell and I swear I think I heard a doe and or fawn bleeting while I was out there.

Do you guys think that my scrape is too close to my stand and also the only way to get to my stand is to walk up the road old bed coming from the garden, I am afraid that is going to be my undoing, but there are very few good spots to set up.  

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I don't think it is too

I don't think it is too close.  I don't hunt over the scrape, but try to catch them going back and forth checking the scrapes.  Come the rut, it is hard to say where they will be and often abandon the scrapes.  So, for me, the scrape just means there is a buck or bucks in the area.

Good luck and let us know how you do.

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Wanted to let everyone know

Wanted to let everyone know that after 23 yrs of not hunting, I am once again hooked!!! Today was the fourth time in the stand since gun season opened on the 20th, Had one about 20yds away that morning but in some really thick brush, never saw it, just heard it grunt. This Morning I put out some Trails End #307 and within 45 minutes I took my first deer in 23 yrs. Had a really small doe walk out onto the roadbed around 15 yds in front of me, then turn and walk away from me up the roadbed. 50 yds up at the same time another small doe walked out into the roadbed and gave me the perfect broadside shot. She ran about 20 yds and dropped, weighed 100 lbs. Now that I have killed my first deer and have some meat for the freezer, I will be waiting on a nice buck to take my next shot.

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hey, now that is a really

hey, now that is a really nice story.  Thank you for taking the time and sharing it.

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Cool beans! First of all,

Cool beans!
First of all, congrats on getting back into hunting and enjoying the great outdoors! Thumbs up
Secondly, congrats on an exciting, successful hunt. It's great you could break the ice with the harvest of a nice doe.
Do you have any pics to show?
Good luck on getting a good buck to round out the season.

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