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Old November 25, 2010, 09:58 AM   #1
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Deer Scrapes

What do you put in your scrapes? I use regular ammonia and 3 out of 3 scrapes were all tore up.
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Old November 25, 2010, 10:20 AM   #2
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Never heard of doing that with ammonia.

My nephew (The good one) sprayed the trees this year with Deer Cane, or something like that. He sprayed all around the scrapes and rubs.

He did not want to take a doe and here in Missouri we have an antler restriction (at least four points on one side), All we saw were does and bucks that did not meet the legal requirements. But they went nutz over the stuff.

He also refreshed the mineral salt scrape with deer cane. They really seem to like the stuff.

I have never really been a big fan of these things, although people swear they have good luck when using them.
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Old November 25, 2010, 10:20 AM   #3
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Just scratch away the leaves and whizz in the dirt.....let's the big bucks know who's dominate.
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Old November 25, 2010, 12:32 PM   #4
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Depends on who's stand it's close to.................
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Old November 25, 2010, 12:39 PM   #5
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I've never heard of the ammonia trick either. Kind of interesting though.

My brother has many 'Tennessee Fainting' goats. Brother and I use both goat ( buck and doe) urine in scrapes with success. Especially goat doe urine if she's in or coming in season.

I won't tell my brother of the ammonia trick or he'll stop collecting our goat urine. , .

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Old November 25, 2010, 01:09 PM   #6
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+1 Taking a whiz in it yourself.
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Old November 25, 2010, 05:56 PM   #7
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Hehehehe, now wait a minute, the op's question is a pertinate one. I have never used ammonia, but hell all the big scent companies do,, so why not. If I take time to fix a new scrape, I'll use something like Dominant buck scent or a good doe estrous scent. Having said that, I do not like using scents anymore, and even this year my sons were the only scent using hunters in my party. This is what I've found to be true in my 30 years deer hunting, When I use a scent deer know exactly where it's at.. And usually they know what it is and since I hunt public land, I believe these deer have smelled it before. Now maybe private land is different, and maybe it's perfect if it hasn't been hunted in a long time but when deer smell all these scents, it multiplies their sensibilities. The best thing I have found is just use cover scents, like Fresh Earth dryer sheets, and Dead Down Wind nutrilizer. If you call them , and they don't catch a scent it Will make them position theirselves in many lanes, (as they are going to try to catch scent of the deer calling out to them) and so they move possibly into a favorable shooting lane. I have spent some big money in the past just because the scent makers swore the product to be the best, when in fact the most productive scent I have found in all my years was freakin DIRT!!!!
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Old November 26, 2010, 01:05 PM   #8
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If you have access to scrapes in areas you don't hunt, take up bags of dirt from them to freshen your scrapes that you are hunting. It doesn't get more real than that. I use the times on my camera setups determine which scrapes I give up first (night only activity, small bucks only, etc.)-7-
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When hunting public land it may be difficult to tell whether it is a mock scrape made by another hunter or the real thing. Mature bucks would be checking the scrape downwind to see if a doe had been or is around. So you need to be crosswind from there so you don't get smelled.
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Old November 28, 2010, 08:02 PM   #10
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What I meant to say is what do you put in your mock scrapes?
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Old November 29, 2010, 01:23 AM   #11
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used to

I fooled w/ Tinks for awhile, and had a degree of success in the hill country of AR in the Ouchitas, where deer numbers were low. If you found a scrape line, and watched the wind and hunted accordingly, a buck would usually cruise by if you could spend enough time on it.

But here in AL the deer numbers are much higher, as is the degree of buck sign, and hunting scrapes has been no where near as good a tactic for me as it was in AR. Seems to me like a buck did not have to work scrapes as much for some "action". Enough does were concentrated of food sources especially at night, that a visit there (I thought anyhow) would turn up a companion pretty easily. I switched to hunting does (to see bucks) at food sources and trails to and from same, and my success went up dramatically (well till the last two years anyhow)

I got sick and tired of the darn deer stink in my truck, on my clothes etc, as I always seemed to have a bottle leak. I don' miss fooling with the stuff at all!!!!
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