Think it’s too early to start making and hunting a mock scrape? Guess again.
Though it seems like it would be mighty early to start thinking about a mock scrape, now could be the best time to utilize them to pattern a whitetail buck. Why?
Cabela’s wildlife biologist Jeremy Flinn explains the role of deer scrapes in the early season, and how we can make our own mock scrape to fool a wise old whitetail.
Check out the video below.
As Cabela’s TV teaches us, the primary difference between scrapes during the rut versus now is that deer are only using them as a communication purpose right now. They’re still establishing the social hierarchy, so think of it as the deer’s version of Facebook.
They’re also more likely to use them during daylight hours, which means you can have a chance to harvest a buck using them. As bucks move from bedding to feeding areas, they will hit these scrapes in between. Set up your trail camera over some of these scrapes and start establishing a pattern on your deer herd.
If you can’t find any real scrapes on your hunting property yet, try making your own. As Jeremy mentions in the video, make absolutely sure you establish mock scrapes in high-traffic areas and make it visible. You may want to apply some starter sprays, but it’s not strictly necessary. What is necessary is keeping your scent out of it, so use rubber boots and gloves as a precaution.
Also locate your mock scrape beneath a licking branch, located about five to six feet above the ground. This will allow deer to easily rub their pre-orbital and forehead glands on the branch, enhancing its effectiveness.
With these simple tips, you should be able to pattern your target bucks and find success in the early season.