I make mock scrapes. I use only pure buck pee. I usually start making them as soon as a I see a good one that has been there in the past open up. I monitor licking branches with cameras all year long to see what deer are coming through, so usually I am pretty on top of things. Mock scrapes can be tricky. Cant just put them anywhere you want. I dont bother with any doe scents in my scrapes... the most i'll do is run a drag with some doe in heat thru it on my way to the stand, but thats about it. You have to consider things like the deer scent checking the scrape from a distance and things like that. I also only use stuff with no preservatives, 100% pure. It was hard to find until a couple years ago when I found stonycreek whitetails. Have to keep this stuff cold tho and it only lasts a couple weeks. I have never really tried making scrapes after the first week of oct. so I cannot give you advice on that. Im usually freshening up my scrapes every now and then after that, but usually if you get a good one started, you dont have to do much more work. I like to freshen it with my buck pee maybe once a week... sometimes longer. In the initial stages, I may do it twice a week. Never used a dripper either... I would stay away from the store bought stuff.. never had good experience with that and it doesnt smell right. If you get your hands on some fresh and pure estrus.. there is no smell like it.. you will know. I dont use that until late oct tho and like I said, I usually dont bother with using that at the scrapes other than walking thru them. The past 2 years, I have killed 4 bucks with this technique.
Now like the other guys said, you can pee in the scrapes yourself.. I know of a lot of people that do.. Never gave it much of a try tho.
You can also get a pre-orbital gland lure that people have talked about on here. I am thinking about trying this, because I feel that is what drives a scrape more that whats going on the ground. Deer will use a licking branch year round.
Although I have had good success with this, it did not come without a lot of trial and error. i learn every year.. thats the fun part!
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