Whitetail Buck Scrapes – All You Need to Know
Scrapes are a valuable part of a hunter’s scouting and harvesting tactic, having effectively been used by modern hunters for decades. The team at Nationwide Scents has created a how to guide regarding whitetail scrapes and using whitetail scrape lures.
What to Look for?
- High traffic or use areas – Look for deer trails finding their common path throughout the property. This path will be well worn, almost similar to a cattle trail, but thinner.
- Deer Droppings – Reviewing the droppings along a trail can give you insight on the use of that trail, possible direction and even bedding areas.
- Bedding areas – Look for areas in close proximity of the deer trail that look flattened, like deer have been bedding in that area.
- Watch for overhead branches – Typically 4-5ft off the ground you may find a licking branch. Pay attention to the tree type and branching. You will find most bucks use the same type of tree for their marking.
- Below the licking branch – You should see a scrape.
Location – Location – Location
Making a Mock Scrape
- Find your perfect location – that licking branch you found or created.
- Try to be as scent free as you can – limit the potential of spreading too much human scent.
- With your rubber boots, scrape a 3 foot circle down to bare dirt under a low over hanging branch.
- Use a strong branch to scrape the ground – deer have sharp hooves, make a few gouges.
- Hang your favorite scent dripper or scent wick saturated with Nationwide Scents Scrape Lure on the overhanging branch.
- Set up your camera and let the action begin!
How often should I refresh my scrape?
While it’s not very difficult to make a mock scrape, mock scrapes are a great hunting tactic to attract for you to make a good shot. Consider adding a mock scrape using Nationwide Scents Scrape Lure this season and see what happens.