Scrapes Tell the Tale for Great Deer Hunting Bucks make and use scrapes as calling card signposts for other bucks and does in the area. They’re a form of communication that is very important in the whitetail world.

We see these as scraped-out depressions but they’re much more than that. Scrapes may be primary or secondary, created at different times of the season (or year), checked by bucks and does, and typically involve an overhanging licking branch. Urine, saliva, and tarsal and preorbital gland scent are secreted in the creation of scrapes. These are what other deer taste and smell when they check on scrapes.

Steve Bartylla provides some great insights in this latest episode of Hunt ’em Big.

Hunt ’em Big, Season 2 Episode 10. Originally aired Dec. 1, 2016. Scrapes Tell the Tale for Great Deer Hunting.

9 thoughts on “Scrapes Tell the Tale for Great Deer Hunting

  1. DIEorSK87273 says:

    On my property there’s this big piece of brush where the deer can hide behind and the bucks scrape their antlers against the trees. Plus it’s right by the cornfield and their is a doe that is bedding back their with her fawn.

  2. keith adcock says:

    I have been listening to your advice and tactics for the last 2 years and it has been the best two years of hunting ever! Friends and family started mocking me at first. Saying, " oh that's bull corn! That stuff doesn't work!"
    Now, I have seen them purchase some of the products I use because of you Steve. Haha! They have to do it 100% all in. My true secret weapons..?
    Grow Em Big & Hunt Em Big

  3. Keepit Fair says:

    As always buddy, great informative video I can walk away from knowing more then before I hit play. I appreciate your hard work, it must be great doing what you love for a living. Thanks!

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