How To Make A Mock Scrape

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap


It seems like only a few days ago I was sitting in a treestand glassing velvet bucks. Now leaves are falling, bucks are fighting, and the 2015 rut is knocking on the door.

Time sure flies once deer season rolls around.

It’s now the middle of October. Bucks are working their fall ranges and laying down rut sign. Rubs dot the landscape, and scrapes shine under licking branches nationwide. That’s why scrapes and mock scrapes are your ticket to finding and monitoring deer in your area from now until the rut.

Mock scrapes are great ways to monitor pre-rut bucks in your area.Just take heed in the states banning deer urine. Virginia, Vermont, Alaska, and parts of Pennsylvania have outlawed real deer urine. So be sure to check regulations for specific information for each state.

Some years, I find scrapes everywhere. Other times, I can’t find one to save my life (in areas I know bucks are inhabiting). In those instances, creating mock scrapes is an ideal choice for inventorying bucks (and does).

Follow these five steps to create the most realistic mock scrape in your neck of the deer woods.