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Making a Mock Scrape

Last Saturday I found a great spot for a mock scrape. There is a long ridge that slopes down along a small creek on my property, creating a natural funnel. At the end of the ridge is a nice trail leading from my field that crosses the creek. I found a small branch that overhung the trail. This is very important. There must be a low overhanging branch to make the scrape under. The deer also leave scent on the branch with their forehead glands. As you can see in this picture I also broke the branch to add a little visual effect.

buck working mock scrape

Notice the broken branch above the deer.

Then I brushed all of the leaves from a 3’ diameter circle under the branch with a stick. After removing the leaf litter I made some long scrapes in the dirt like a deer’s hooves would make. I like to make it look as real as possible. You can add some scent if you want, but I have found it is not necessary.

When I returned on Sunday to check the scrape a deer had worked it and added another a few feet away. I then went and got my trail camera and set it up on the new scrape. I had lots of action in just a few days. Right now is a great time to make mock scrapes. The bucks are really hitting the scrapes hard at this time. It’s a great way to see what bucks are in your area. Here are a few that worked my mock scrape.

This guy looks like an old bruiser.

Another big bodied visitor.

young buck visiting mock scrape

A good young buck working the scrape.

Notice that all of this activity is under the cover of darkness. That is why I usually don’t hunt over scrapes. However mock scrapes are a great way to get an inventory of the bucks you are hunting.

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