Deer hunting near a scrape line can be advantageous at times. To improve on such hunting, take a more aggressive approach. This plan can be used during the early rut and late rut periods.
- Rubber gloves
- Scent killing spray
- Quality string or fishing line
- Buck urine spray
- Doe in estrus urine
- Scent wicks
- Scent drippers
- Tree clippers
Locate a heavily used travel area used by the deer. An area that already has one or more scrapes is alright but not necessary. The main idea is for the area to be active. A funnel leading from bedding areas to feeding areas are good choices.
If The Area Has Scrapes
1. Use a scent killing spray on clothing, boots, and all supplies.
2. Wear rubber gloves.
3. Fill scent drippers with doe in estrus urine.
4. Attach a scent dripper above each scrape that will be visible from stand locations.
5. Spray buck urine on any limbs that hang over the scrapes.
6. On the day of the hunt, place scent wicks filled with doe in estrus urine on limbs or on the ground in a circle surrounding the stand location. The wicks should be 10-20 yards from the stand with a clear shooting lane.
7. Remember to take wind directions into consideration when setting up stands.
Areas Without Scrapes
1. Use a stick to make several mock scrapes in a directional line along the area to be hunted. The scrapes can be 10-25 yards apart depending upon visibility.
2. Use clippers to cut holly tree or other type limbs that bucks commonly use in the area. This is to be placed above the mock scrape as an over hanging scent limb. Use the string or fishing line to secure.
3. Use steps 1-7 in the previous section.
This plan will allow the hunter to have better control when hunting on a scrape line. By taking an aggressive approach, the odds of success can be increased.