This is probably a classic case of a novice (Me) hunter, eager to bring a buck in (me again), using calls and scent attractants (you guessed it, yours truly again) and over doing it.
So this past saturday I did an all day hunt near a scrape line I found a few days earlier. Wasn't sure what to expect, there were four scrapes all within 50 yrds of each other, roughly 2x3 ft, and recent. So the evening before my hunt I squirted some Code Blue Doe Estrous in one of them, pee'd in another and left the other two alone, just to see what would happen. I get to my stand early that morning...too early to see if there was any activity over the scrape, but I sprayed some more (about 3-4 pumps) of Estorus in one of them. got up on the stand and at first light I broke out the rattle bag. Did 30 seconds of ratteling 3 times, every 15 min...nothing. Then broke out the Buck roar, did a roar, followed by 4-5 tending grunts 3 times every 30 minutes...nothing. Finally broke out the can and did 2-3 bleats every 10-15 mins, and you guessed it...nothing. Saw nothing all day until the last half hour of day light when a button buck came straight to my stand...didn't go near the scrapes at all, he was busy eating. Then about 75 yrds behind me a half dozen loud snorts..then about 75 yrds over a ride to my front another couple snorts...busted and that was the end of my days hunt.
Going through the days events in my head I came to the conclusion, that 1) Over did it on the calling and it was probably too early for that. 2) Too early to be using Doe Estrous...thats probably what the deer snorted at...just wondering why it never affected the button buck? Anyway, lesson learned there..just because ya see scrapes, doesn't mean its the rut and ya break out all the stops. I'm learning :-/
Oh incidently after the hunt I had time to check out the scrapes, the only one that looked like it got worked over recently was the one I pee'd in...go figure!