Good to hear you saw some action Wired, i have tried a mock scrape once, i probably didn't do it exactly right, but i didn't get much action out of it when i was on stand, but after i made the scrape the acrons and apples that had fallen already were being eaten a lot quicker than when they were before i made it, but their is no way of knowing if the scrape had anything to do with it, i highly doubt it did, i want to try some of that Tinks Power Scrape sometime, i have heard it works pretty well. Try the mock scrape thing, it never hurts to try, just be sure to cover your scent and everything, im obsessive about that stuff lol.
Well i headed out today to do some scouting at about 7am, weather was on the way in so i didnt have much time but, man did i find a buck hot spot! Only about 150 yards from where i park, (figures lol
There was a stand i wanted to hunt overlooking a field where the owner "always" sees a pretty decent 8pt, he always calls him a "dandy" and i have no reason to not believe him but i try not to get too excited lol, it doesnt really work though lol, but its hard to not beleive him after today! i checked out the stand and it seemed in good shape, but i dont have an extra climbing ladder to get into it :/ so i just decided to check everything out before i made a ground blind. I started looking over this very small parcel of woods, it it like 3ft wide by 10ft long and sperarated by a row of tall grass before it turns into the bigger section of woods, i saw something white out of the corner of my eye, and yep it was a rub decent sized too, probably about a month old, so i decided he has been in the field fairly recently, then i kept looking and holy crap! 7-8 more rubs on bigger trees! (And a few smaller saplings as well) Those were all done even more recently than the others, the rubbed off bark and such was still laying on the ground! I then found older rubs from the year before and immediately set up a ground blind off to the side of the trail he was using to get to the thicket, hes using a fence line to get there and coming over a lower part of it about 15 yards away from my blind. S set it up and I sprayed a little bit of buck bomb estrous doe scent to cover my scent and left right before the rain came. Needless to say i was pretty excited!
It was just one of those experiences where all my worries just left as soon as i found all those rubs, i was no longer worried about my bills i had to pay (i did still payed them after i left :/ lol) and going into work didnt seem so bad anymore lol. Those are the experiences that make the sport of hunting so great, even if i dont see this deer i know he has been there and i dont know what it is, but it's just really cool finding stuff like that! some of those trees were tore to shreads and they werent all small lol.
I'm thinking about just sitting out there one of these days, out of the way and glassing the area to see if he comes in, i dont know if i want to hunt it just yet....