First, find a good licking branch. The licking branch is a very important part of the mock scrape – it serves as the actual object the deer will use to communicate with, even when they aren’t pawing at the ground. They will rub their tarsal glands on it to spread their sent, and then they will urinate on the ground.
Next, you’ll want to paw out the ground under the licking branch. Rubber boots are best, as you want to minimize any scent left behind. Also, be careful not to touch the licking branch.
Once you’ve pawed out the ground, you’ll wan to add deer scent. This is entirely up to you, whether you use deer urine, buck or doe scent or even your own urine. The time of year can help determine the scent you use. Early in the fall, standard buck or doe scent works great. However, if it’s later in the fall, more towards the rut, you might want to chose doe estrus or rutting buck scent.
When the mock scrape is finished, you can place a trail camera over it to see exactly what kind of traffic your mock scrape is getting, If you can determine that your mock scrape is attracting deer, it can be a good place to get a buck to stop & give you a shot opportunity.
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