Location is everything when it comes to an effective mock scrape, Collora says. “If I’m hunting familiar territory, I focus on areas where there’s been good scrape activity in the past. On new ground, I look for logging roads, corners of cover, travel corridors, or other funnels. Then I search for a good stand tree and a spot to mark up within easy shooting distance.”

Once Collora has scouted several promising locations, he returns later to make his scrapes (see sidebar). “I wear rubber boots and gloves to stay as scent-free as possible,” he says. “I also do it during midday, when bucks are bedded.”

Collora will revisit his handiwork about once a week. “The best ones will actually be taken over by bucks. I add urine only to ensure they stay fresh,” he says. “The thing to remember is that as soon as these bucks get into hard antler, they’re cruising, checking each other out, claiming their turf. When they start that behavior, they’re highly killable over a mock scrape.”

–by Scott Bestul