Missouri Magic

Taking inventory of bucks using the area can be easily accomplished using Buck Fever Synthetics and will give you the upper hand in formulating a plan on getting that shooter buck in range. Buck Fever Forehead Gland and Pre Post Scrape will attract many if not all bucks that smell these mock scrape sets, and get them frequenting these locations at all times of the day including shooting light. It seems that the older a mature buck grows, the less ground he seems to cover during hunting season. If you have been consistently getting pictures of your target buck in October or November, chances are you’re within his core. Try narrowing down the days in which the deer travel through your property during daylight and what wind direction they traveled the property on that wind. Make notes of the time of day and locations they seem to be most active. Some bucks seem to have different time periods in the day they prefer to travel. One buck I have had experiences with likes to travel around the noon lunch hour. Others seem to wait right before last light. Either way, if you can narrow down when and why your target buck prefers to move. Then you are already one step ahead of them for the upcoming rut.

Big Buck Trickery

For decades whitetail hunters have been trying to lure and trick bucks by fooling them with scents and lures. If you are to visit your local sporting goods store over 85 percent of the hunting products have something to do with tricking a deer’s sense of smell, including scent elimination products,  cover scents, and scent applicators. A whitetails sense of smell is the most important factor when it comes to hunting. Like most great products, trial and error and many years of experimenting has led to top-of-the-line items now available to hunters.  Modern hunters now use scent tactics that work the entire season, Buck Fever Synthetics is that system.

The Truth About Deer Scrapes

mock scrape - whitetail buck working scrape
Scrapes are made by a buck scraping away leaves or ground vegetation with his front feet, exposing bare ground. The scrape is usually positioned 4-5 feet below an overhanging branch. Don’t mistake pawing for a scrape, pawing is what bucks do to take out aggression and won’t have the limb overhanging. As he go through these steps, he also urinates down his hocks onto his tarsal glands and into the scrape. Many does and other bucks may leave their scent at the same scrape, leaving the buck to decipher the deer moving through his territory.

Scrapes are typically made by whitetail bucks, in the fall to mark breeding territories. Fall’s decreasing sunlight triggers the amount of testosterone in a buck’s body. This causes the buck to become more territorial, thus begins the scrape activity or the pawing of the ground. This is what we observe when we are in the hunting season.

For years hunters and researchers observed that the most frequent marking behavior by all ages of bucks is overhead branch marking. Bucks rub overhanging branches with their antlers, forehead and saliva. Pawing the ground and urination occurs in less than half of the visits that include some type of marking behavior. Additionally, year round most scent marking at scrapes consisted of branch marking and/or urination but not pawing. Therefore, scrapes are being visited by bucks before physical evidence of pawing is observed.

Scrapes in high traffic areas with multiple deer trails, may be used by multiple bucks. This is a good spot to hunt or to make another mock scrape, indicating that a new buck has claim on the territory. This creates competition and increases the frequency the scrape is visited.

The best spots to set up scrapes are in a funnel between a buck’s bedding area and doe bedding areas or feeding zones. Does will also urinate in scrapes to let bucks know what stage of the breeding process she is in.

Buck Fever Synthetics are 100% field proven to drive this behavior year round!

There is NO other ATTRACTANT that can make this claim.

Mock Scrapes in the Big Woods of Idaho

deer scent mock scrapes help big woods hunter Troy PottengerTroy Pottenger has been a regular user of Buck Fever deer scents for decades, and he’s an even more regular killer of big bucks in the big woods of Idaho. We recently asked Troy to share some of his secrets to getting onto these trophy whitetails in an area not as popular for producing record book whitetails. Stay tuned for Troy’s input…