Follow these steps to create a memorable primary breeding scrape that will condition deer to visit and check regularly for other deer activity in the area. Equipment needed will be: latex gloves, rubber footwear, long-handled narrow garden hoe, with three to four inch long, sharp digging tines, a couple gallons of fresh rain, creek or well water, Pollick’s Buck Periorbital Scent, and one of our full spectrum urine gland buck lures. A good location to place your primary scrape is at a pinch point or narrow travel corridor that funnels deer through the area. Buck will also hold back a short distance in cover to survey the surrounding area before entering a food plot or field to feed. This holding area will be another fine location buck will scent-check regularly before entering the feeding location.
Your mock scrape should be a large, eye-catching, naturally scented experience deer will remember and return to scent check during the rutting periods. Begin by choosing a suitable location with a licking branch four to five feet high. Or, if you must, cut one and nail or wire it securely in place. Snap the tips of the licking branch or smash with plyers. Scent the branch tips with six to eight sprays of Pollick’s liquid Buck Periorbital Head Scent, or apply two droppers of Pollick’s long lasting Oil-Based Preorbital gland scent pheromones. Use your long handled digging tine to scrape away any debris in at least a six to eight foot area beneath your preorbital scented licking branch. Then dig and thoroughly loosen up the soil in the fresh scraped area. Now use the water to dampen down the freshly dug earth. Apply a couple ounces of a good full-spectrum buck scent, like Pollick’s Buck Musk and Urine, over the damp earth. Finish by lightly blending some ground duff or leaves over the finished scrape to leave a natural appearance. Refresh the licking branch and dirt area of the scrape every ten to 14 days with fresh buck scent. If the weather is dry at this time, water down the scape again; this gives it a fresh, well used appearance.
In Late July or early August is a good time to construct your large primary breeding scrapes to condition deer to scent check other deer activity in the area. Buck are most interested in other buck leading up to the pre-rut, as they begin to set their order of dominance. Several weeks prior to pre-rut in your hunting area, begin to incorporate some natural doe scents into the scrape. Pollick’s Doe Interdigital Hoof Muck Scent, Doe Tarsal Gland sexual identify advertising scent, and our urine gland deer lures will provide the natural scent pheromones for which buck and doe will be scent-checking the scrape. Purchase Pollick’s 10 item Pro Pack, and you will be able to incorporate every natural buck and doe scent whitetail deer can possibly leave behind.