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The Most Important Thing You Forget About Making Mock Scrapes

If you’re making mock scrapes for hunting or your game cameras, one of the most important things to remember is the overhead licking branch. I’ve created mock scrapes for the last few years after getting some great Stealth, Browning and PlotWatcher cameras for the property where I hunt. I have several areas where I...

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Does Smokey’s Preorbital Lure Work? You Decide!

If you’ve ever wondered how to make the best mock scrapes even better so curious bucks get fired up about them, then take a look at this cool video. Jeremy James hunts in southeast Pennsylvania and sent this video to our good pal Smokey McNicholas, a professional trapper and veteran deer hunter in West...

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Bring Deer Closer with Your Best Mock Scrapes

It’s October … a magical time for hunting big white-tailed bucks! In this episode of Deer Talk Now, Dan Schmidt and Brad Rucks explain how to create the best mock scrapes to bring deer closer to your stand setups. Learn proven tactics for success and then learn about a new mock scrape scent that...

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Signpost Secrets II: Revealing the Mysteries of Whitetail Scrapes

As I discussed in my previous “Whitetail Behavior” blog, white-tailed deer rely heavily on scent-marking at antler rubs and scrapes, commonly referred to as signposts, to communicate information of social significance, especially during the breeding season. There’s good evidence deer can communicate individual identity, dominance rank, physical condition, breeding status and other bits of...

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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...

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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...

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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...