Posts Tagged: deer scrapes

Scott Bestul

Scrape Week Part Two: Better Get Going!


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  *Make a milk run: As much as you want to get in a stand or blind now, scouting has to be part of your routine. Fortunately, your cameras are doing most of the work for you, so your job is simple; make frequent (I go every other day, and sometimes daily, for cams that […]

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Scott Bestul

Scrape Week – Part One: Prep for it Now


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Research (both the scientific, university-level studies, and the informal stuff I do on my own) has shown that most scrape visits by whitetail bucks occur at night. Also, bucks almost completely abandon scrapes when the first does enter estrous. So, many hunters have sat watching a hogged-up scrape line, anticipation building by the minute…and then […]

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Ron Spomer

Myths About Scrapes


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Except that’s not true. We’ve also been told scrapes are laid in lines marking a big buck’s travel route and the bigger the scrape, the bigger the buck. Not true either. We’ve been told scrape activity peaks during the heart of the rut and after breeding one doe, a buck returns to check his scrapes […]

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Scott Bestul

Mock Scrape Mastery


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These are nothing fancy; just scuffing up some dirt under an overhanging limb with a hand scythe, breaking the end of the branch so it hangs over the scrape, sometimes doctoring the scrape with a little urine. And then sitting back to watch what happens, either with a trail camera, or by sitting in a […]

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Scott Bestul

The Search for Scrapes


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Second, I don’t care if every visit a buck made to a scrape for the rest of time was nocturnal…Scrapes are still buck-only sign that reveal a ton about a) the number and quality of bucks in an area, b) general areas where bucks spend their time, and c) specific routes bucks use to travel. […]

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