It's only August, but expert bowhunter Sam Collora is already moving dirt in the deer woods. The idea behind preseason mock scrapes, he says, is to start a scent-marking match that lasts into the season.
"Early-season scrapes are territorial," Collora says. "By making a mock scrape, you're introducing a new buck to the area and creating competition." He has watched as many as seven different bucks visit a mock setup in a single evening. Here are his tips:
(1) Start as early as late July or August.
(2) Make mock scrapes in areas that have traditionally held real ones. If you're hunting new territory, look for ridge-top trails and saddles, logging roads, and habitat edges.