Well....I've never done this myself. I'd probably try and mimic the real thing as much as possible, using a wooden stick to scrape away at the ground just make sure that your "working strokes" all go the same way (picture a buck pawing at the ground - the debris all ends up at one end of the scrape). Add a dribble of buck urine and I'd imagine you'll be in business. The most important point would be to be absolutely paranoid about scent contamination - scent free clothing, rubber boots, rubber gloves...
Make sure there is an overhanging branch, break off the tip, and add some scent above the break. You could also hang a scent dripper above the "pawed area" to help keep the scrape fresh.
I've tried making mock scrapes, but didn't have much luck. Deer tend to check on the site in the dark ,) Good Luck!
Yes the Licking branch above is very important. Try to make more than one. Make a few going down a deer trail.
Also those scents do work but make sure it's on a trail that is being used. Or you could be wasting your time.
You will see much more success during the rut. If it's not rut yet, they usually will check out your scrapes at night.
Try it with a scout camera too. Just to see if they are workng before the rut really hits. (If it hasn't already in your area.)
I purchased a moultrie automatic scent dispenser that I plan on hanging over the scrape. Looks helpful with regards dispensing at the same time of the day. You can set it to dispense at dusk and dawn or just dusk. Purchased it for less than retail on ebay. Got it for $15.99 instead of $24.99 from the stores.
Well......usually there are a couple signs you can look for....there tends to me be more deer hit on the side of the roads as one indication that they are chasing around....you'll see actively worked scrape and rub lines....and of course if you see does scooting through pretty good then there is usually a buck not too far behind. When the rut is in full swing its not abnormal to have a doe run right past you followed by an eager buck! Good luck!
Couple of good resource links on the topic written by some friends of mine. The first one is espescially excellent when it comes to making mock scrapes. Tony has killed some Huge bucks very consitantly with these tactics.He is definately over humble about his expertise in the mock scrape department. Hate to just point you to links but these guys are just too well experienced to not pass on these tactics to you guys if your interested in making mock scrapes and rut hunting.
I wouldn't be worried about making a scrape.I few drops of buck scent on a trail and the buck will make the scrape for you. I don't think the physical appearance of a scrape means anything to them.
The " rut is on" when you see doe tracks followed by a bucks track. Only one reason he's following her and it's not because he's lost
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