How to Make a Scrape

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A Scrape is a critical factor for deer to communicate with each other. Whitetail deer can precisely identify sex, age, social status and the approximate time a doe will come into estrus by visiting these scrapes. Scrape activity is mainly at night but daylight visits pick up dramatically during the pre and post rut.

Look for funnel areas and travel corridors leading to feeding areas. Being careful not to leave any human scent in the area, scrape down an area using rubber boots or a stick about 2-3 feet wide down to bare earth, clearing leaves and debris away. This will provide a visual cue as well as a scent cue for the deer. It is essential to have overhanging branches (licking branches) as the deer will use these to rub their head, nose and antlers to stimulate glands. Deer produce scents from glands located on their head, legs and hooves. Deer lick these branches to leave scent and to attain scents left by other deer. Using the Hot Doe Estrus or Dominant Buck, place a few puffs of powder on the scrape and one puff on licking branches. The best time to make these scrapes is mid-October to late-November depending on where you hunt. You want to have these in place during the pre-rut phase so the deer will keep coming back to freshen the scrape and to find out who has been there!