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Maximize Your Success During the Rut to Kill Big Bucks

Finding out if bucks are hitting your mock scrapes is akin to opening presents on Christmas morning, because while you’re confident something you want is under the tree there’s no guarantee. For the last two seasons I’ve used Smokey’s Preorbital gland lure on the licking branches of mock scrapes I created on a tract I hunt...

Roland Andrus of Louisiana was using Smokey's lure while hunting in Missouri when this fine buck stepped within range.

Fire Up Your Mock Scrape During the Rut to Drive Bucks Wild

Research proves that the licking branch is the No. 1 key to success when hunting a mock scrape, one of the best ways to fire up a big buck and get him interested in seeing what buck has invaded his territory. The key to that licking branch is preorbital scent. Bucks secrete this scent as a...

Deer Scrape Dripper

Power Your Mock Scrapes During the Rut for Big Bucks

Mock scrapes are one of the best ways to get a buck’s attention and give you a great chance at killing a big one. You’re not going to have as much success with your mock scrapes without a licking branch. Deer use the scrape and licking branch to communicate with other deer. Their preorbital...

Deer Scrape Dripper

Easiest Way to Create a Mock Scrape, Maintain Through the Season

We’ve written several stories about mock scrapes and Charles Alsheimer has written about them, mainly because they’re so simple to make and can fire up bucks looking for a fight or a hot doe. If you’re going to make some mock scrapes, definitely do not forget about the licking branch. It’s a major component of...

This buck in north-central Wisconsin was caught on camera checking a scrape doctored with Smokey's Preorbital Gland Lure. Bucks will check rubs and scrapes — their signposts — throughout the season.

Get Ready for the Rut Now, Then Capitalize

The peak of the rut is hitting in some parts of the country and a few reports are trickling in about scraping activity in the Southeast, meaning it won’t be long there before it’s hitting full speed. Whether you’re a gun or bow hunter, doctoring an existing scrape or making a mock scrape with...

Bucks use licking branches as signposts with their scrapes, and preorbital gland scent is a big part of it.

Maximize Your Opportunities When Hunting the Whitetail Rut

Knowing that rutting is on the horizon is like knowing your birthday is right around the corner for a hunter. In this week’s episode of Deer & Deer Hunting TV, airing on NBC Sports Outdoors, experts share their thoughts on this year’s Southern rut. For the second year in a row, Deer & Deer...

Charlie

Alsheimer’s Best Info On Scrapes, Whitetail Behavior

What do you know about whitetail deer making scrapes and rubs, using licking branches, and how you can maximize those for your hunting and camera surveys? If you’re honest and don’t know much, but would like to learn more, veteran hunter and researcher Charles Alsheimer has some answers. After more than four decades of...