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Use Mock Scrapes to Increase Your Deer Success

The mock scrape is a communication post that deer, both bucks and does, use on a regular basis beginning the moment velvet comes off of the antlers. (T. A. Harrison photo)
The mock scrape is a communication post that deer, both bucks and does, use on a regular basis beginning the moment velvet comes off of the antlers. (T. A. Harrison photo)

Whether a tool for trail cameras or to stop a passing buck for a shot, mock scrapes need to be a part of your fall repertoire

A scrape is not only a place for a rutted-up buck to vent sexual frustration and testosterone; it’s much like a public bulletin board for deer. At certain points during the year, many bucks just can’t help but check it out, freshen it up and pose for a shot or pictures.

Several years ago, a fall storm rolled through and knocked a bunch of trees down on my hunting property. In particular, a 40-foot tree fell over a fence, just missing my treestand, and the tree was left suspended five feet above the ground 30 feet into a cut cornfield.

A couple of days later I went out to move that stand, which was blocked by the freshly fallen tree, and I noticed a giant scape had been created at the end of the tree in the middle of the field.

It was the size of a car hood and several broken branches dangled down over top of the freshly pawed-out ground.

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