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Old 08-23-2008, 07:19 AM
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I thought I would try it this year...
But, I got a lot of questions..
How are they done.... correctly?
What reaction can I expect from the deer?
I know that it is "A MUST" to keep human odor down...
But, where do I put em'?
And how many do I need?
Do I do it all season?
Has anyone had any sucess with them?
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:25 AM
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We've had great success with mock scrapes by simply putting the ol' boots to work and scrapping out a scrape sized area along a trail or somewhere where scouting has shown that there is a lot of deer activity. There are a lot of products out on the market today to put in mock scrapes (everything from deer urine to "dirt") but we've found that simply urinating in them oneself has the same impact. Remember, deer are naturally curious creatures and when they smell the scent and see the scrape you are almost certain to get a reaction. Granted, you still want to spray down to eliminate human odor.
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:48 AM
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I have had decent success with mock scrapes ... and better with a "drag rag". I do the mock scrape only when the bucks themselves start making their scrapes. I use the drag rag as both a trail cover and as an attractant. I collect deer urine from the bladders of the deer I kill. I make no effort to segregate doe from buck. I use this urine to wet the drag rag and to pour into the mock scrape. I collect oily tarsal glands from bucks I and others kill. I keep these frozen until use. I use these to "rub" limbs overhanging the mock scrape. I wear rubber gloves to keep my scent off the limb as best I can and to keep the stench of the oil off my hands as much a practical.

To make the scrape, look first for a spot that has an over hanging limb and that is along an edge or a trail that I will be hunting. I scrape away the leaves and dig into the dirt with a stick. I pour maybe 2 oz. of urine into the dirt and rub the overhang with the tarsal. You can reuse the tasrsals several times if you are take the time to refreeze it or at least keep it on ice when not in use. I have hung both the drag rag and tarsal gland on a limb near my stand and in a location that will give a decent down wind scent line. If I am facing the wind directly, I put these out in front of me 50 - 75 yards and where they are visible from my location. If the wind is more or less 90 deg. to where I am set -up, I place these to the windward side 50-76 yards away and 50 - 75 yards or so out in front of me. Again where I can see them.

Does this work 100% of the time? Heck no. But every now and then a decent buck will come to investigate the mock scrape and/or follow the drag rag scent line. Over 35 years or so of doing this, I have taken probably 10-15 decent bucks and 2 very nice ones using this tactic.
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Old 08-23-2008, 12:12 PM
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I have had decent success with mock scrapes ... and better with a "drag rag". I do the mock scrape only when the bucks themselves start making their scrapes. I use the drag rag as both a trail cover and as an attractant. I collect deer urine from the bladders of the deer I kill. I make no effort to segregate doe from buck. I use this urine to wet the drag rag and to pour into the mock scrape. I collect oily tarsal glands from bucks I and others kill. I keep these frozen until use. I use these to "rub" limbs overhanging the mock scrape. I wear rubber gloves to keep my scent off the limb as best I can and to keep the stench of the oil off my hands as much a practical.

To make the scrape, look first for a spot that has an over hanging limb and that is along an edge or a trail that I will be hunting. I scrape away the leaves and dig into the dirt with a stick. I pour maybe 2 oz. of urine into the dirt and rub the overhang with the tarsal. You can reuse the tasrsals several times if you are take the time to refreeze it or at least keep it on ice when not in use. I have hung both the drag rag and tarsal gland on a limb near my stand and in a location that will give a decent down wind scent line. If I am facing the wind directly, I put these out in front of me 50 - 75 yards and where they are visible from my location. If the wind is more or less 90 deg. to where I am set -up, I place these to the windward side 50-76 yards away and 50 - 75 yards or so out in front of me. Again where I can see them.

Does this work 100% of the time? Heck no. But every now and then a decent buck will come to investigate the mock scrape and/or follow the drag rag scent line. Over 35 years or so of doing this, I have taken probably 10-15 decent bucks and 2 very nice ones using this tactic.



I agree 100%. The only difference is when Im bow hunting I will have one 20 yards away...
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:48 PM
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Can I make a suggestion???

Find a real scrape and then just add a some of your favorite doe in estrus scent...This has worked for me for years, fortunately I have hunted most of my land over 30 years, so I know where the scrapes are going to be before they are laid...

One other thought...A buckmakes these scrapes for the does...He knows where they are better than you...So...How are you going to select a better site for a scrape than he does...
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:37 PM
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I thought the whole purpose of the mock scrape, was to prevoke the most dominant buck in any given territory...
You will find scrapes...but, how will you know what buck made them?
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:42 PM
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Put a camera over it. And what I'm going to try this year is making a mock a little ways from some that I find just to see if that does anything to get the bucks fired up. I'm still in the learning/guessing phase of these myself but if something works I'll let ya know. Good luck.
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