Top 8 Mock Rut Scrape Fails

   08.07.20

Top 8 Mock Rut Scrape Fails

(Image: Screenshot from video)

Whitetail hunting pro Jeff Sturgis loves his mock rut scrapes, as you’ll know if you’ve watched many of his videos. He picks a handy spot, dangles a hunk of vine over a scuffed-up spot in the ground and pees in it if he feels the urge, then he sits back and watches the whitetails come.

Along the way, he’s learned a thing or two about what NOT to do, so he’s made a video called “Top 8 Mock Scrape Fails.”

I admit that I have never seen a natural scrape made under a dangling vine to act as a licking branch– but his videos prove that deer do use his scrapes with the hanging vines. He likes to make a scrape in a good location for his stand, then destroy natural scrapes within 30-50 yards to encourage the deer to use his scrape.

He spends the first 4 and a half minutes talking at great length about the benefits of mock scrapes, why and where to make them, before he starts covering the fails that brought us viewers to his video.

His list of fails include:

  • Using commercial scent (4:30)
  • Hanging the licking branch/vine too high (9:27)
  • Making too many mock scrapes (10:15)
  • Placing the scrape off to the side of a trail rather than in it (11:40)
  • Hanging the licking branch/vine diagonally or horizontal rather than vertically (12:40)
  • Using a licking branch/vine that’s too light, so it moves around too much when the deer use it (14:45)
  • Hanging the licking branch/vine unnaturally (16:57)
  • Placing a mock scrape where you can’t (photograph and) shoot a deer that’s using it (18:52)

Of course he goes into detail about each point… watch the video and let us know what you think.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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