Posts Tagged: deer scrapes

Scott Bestul

Scrape Week Part Two: Better Get Going!


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Last week we opened and examined the scrapes-are-a-night-thing phenomenon. Our conclusion was that yes, scrapes are largely visited by bucks at night, but with a notable exception; I call it “scrape week” –a narrow window just before peak breeding—and we are fast approaching that magic time. To capitalize on scrape week, last week’s blog advised […]

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Scott Bestul

Scrape Week – Part One: Prep for it now


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Scrapes have gotten a lot of bad press over the years. I know just why, because I’ve cussed them myself. Our collective frustration with scrapes is perfectly understandable; we find a torn-up patch of dirt, with an overhanging limb pointing down to the scrapes, like a beacon claiming “find buried treasure here!” And our immediate […]

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Ron Spomer

Myths About Scrapes


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In a round-about way, some new field studies seem to support my contention that deer hunters can best improve their chances for success by honing their shooting skills instead of their biology theories. Whitetail hunters have been scraping by on rumors, myths, half-truths and lies about whitetail scrapes for years. They aren’t what we’ve been […]

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Scott Bestul

Spray a Scrape


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Think it’s too early to worry about mock scrapes? Not by a long shot. You can get started on mocks right now and increase your odds of getting fantastic trail cam pics in the weeks ahead, or setting up a super stand site for the fall. This week’s tip shows exactly how to get started.

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Scott Bestul

Mock Scrape Mastery


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It took me awhile to figure out, but I finally realized why I love making mock scrapes so much. As a kid, I loved digging in the dirt. Give me a stick, a spoon, or a sand pail shovel, and I could entertain myself for hours. Many years later, I became a deer hunter and […]

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Scott Bestul

The Search for Scrapes


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Scrapes have received a bad rap in recent years. Some of this comes from science; studies conducted by University of Georgia researchers indicate that the vast majority of buck visits to scrapes occurs at night. Couple this with hunter experience—how many times have you heard “I sat on that hot scrape and never saw a […]

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