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This is the page that give you all of the information you need to be successful.   As I have said before, Big Buck Adventures goal is to make your hunt successful and get the big bucks!

Hunting Rubs and Scrapes
1aI am leaving all my hidden secrets of how to build a mock scrape and hunt a mock scrape and rub line. When choosing a location for your mock scrape, Ilike to install it along a field edge or in a staging area, which I will explain later. The most important thing you need to have when building your mock scrape is the licking branch. Pick a tree with overhanging branches or use zip ties to attach one or build a structure as you will see in my trailcamera pictures. Once you have found the spot, you want to make it as big as you can,at least 10 x 10. The larger ancl more visible you make it, the more convincing it is to the deer that there are a lot of deer using this location and it will become a breeding area or zone. I work the area down to the bare earth and turn over the soil. The more you work it the better it becomes. I will then moisten the soil by dumping 5 to 8 gallons of water. That will help get the smell out. Then install whichever scent you choose and add 3 more gallons of water. Work in some grass and leaves with the last bucket of water to make it look as natural as you can and then hang your trail camera.

MOULTRIE DIGITAL GAME CAMERAA scrape is a sign post to the bucks but especially to the breeder bucks that this is a breeding zone created by you the hunter or by the deer. It becomes a communication area to all the deer as to where to find each other when the breeding begins.

As the daylight declines in that August time frame and the bucks’ hormones begins to change, they begin to loose their velvet and small tree rubs begins to appear. It’s the beginning of the pre-rut. The rubs and scrapes will begin to appear between bedding and feeding areas. The best spot is a small opening,called the staging area, before they go to bedding or feeding,to set up a mock scrape with an overhanging branch. With the mock scrape does will congregate before entering the food plots. If you are using the Ultimate Scrape Mix to tell the does this is a breeding area, the does will begin to relieve themselves in this location, telling the bucks this is the hot breeding area.

You will notice on my trail camera pictures Ihave an exact set up like this with cover all around the staging area with a mock scrape. You can install a small food plot which becomes a grazing area if you choose, but the food plot will not bring in the breeder bucks. You need the deer scents to convince them this is an active breeding area.

When using deer scents from Big Buck Adventures and using them in the steps as recommended,they are a complete sexual sign post that a Mature Breeding Buck is looking for. Once this is set up, it becomes in the memory of small and large bucks this is the breeding zone where the does are going to be to get bred.

When you have competed all these steps, hold on for some heart pounding action when the rut kicks in full gear.

Research states that the best time to be hunting the breeding scrapes is between the hours of 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.This seems to be the time breeder bucks leave their beds in search of hot does.MOULTRIE DIGITAL GAME CAMERA

Creating a Mock Scrape

What is a deer zone?
A deer zone is a stand location or several stand locations you create to make your hunting area a breeding zone.

What should a deer zone include?

A deer zone should have travel corridors for the deer to travel in.    Agricultural land around you for a large feeding area or food plot.    You can install small food plots with in your hunting areas.    I like to create pinch points where it narrows or pinches the deer into one spot.    I can it my kill zone.    Pick a tree to setup your stand and install the Ultimate Scrape Mix which will create your mock scrape.

I strongly recommend the use of mineral licks in that zone during the summer months with a trail camera.    This will help you see if there are any mature bucks or if you have to move to find them; then set up your zone.    Yes, it is true that sometimes the bucks that are there only for the summer months may not be there for the rut.    That’s why you create the zone and you can only do that with the Ultimate Scrape Mix.    In my experiences, once that zone is set up the mature bucks will return for the breeding.    Once this is set up; it becomes an established breeding area and zone.    The fawn bucks will know that as they mature.

Do I set up a zone in a heavily wooded area?

I would not recommend that when you are hunting the rut and with the scents it’s all about sex.   Most of your scrapes and rubs are found in open areas or in a transition area.    If that open area is along a field edge or going towards that opening, they are good spots to look for.    My best spots are the ones I create that will have a small opening in it.    These open areas can be setup for bow or gun hunters.

Do I need a food plot?

A food plot is a helpful tool but is not necessary.   Some hunters think that a food plot is all you need to bring in the large bucks.   Yes, it can help but the hunter who is looking for that larger breeder buck is usually hunting during the rut.    When you are hunting during the rut, remember it is all about the sex.     Now that deer numbers are down throughout Minnesota and the neighboring states, you need to lure that breeder buck in.

By doing this, you need to be hunting with scent and estrus scent at the peak of the rut.    You want those breeder bucks overwhelmed so that there are several does using this food plot and this zone.

Food Plots

Big Buck Adventures has come up with a great mixture of seed and fertilizer that will bring results all season long to keep the deer coming in and holding those in your zones.   It is very import to use estrus to bring in the breeder bucks.

Once the food has been installed, all you would need to do is continue a maintenance schedule of mowing and fertilizing the food plot.    It is recommended that you mow and fertilize the food plot 4 times per year to have sustained growth and the food plot to continue to bring valuable nutrients to the deer.

Deer Glands 

*Deer have 7 known glands but 1 that researchers are looking for. Big Buck Adventures and the staff have found the gland and are using that gland in our products.

This is the process how glands work and the glands that are in Big Buck Adventures scent products. There is one or more gland product in each scent to communicate with the deer. There is not many scent producers use glands the way Big Buck Adventures do to bring you a quality scent to lure deer inn.


Forehead gland – All deer have this gland but the buck use this gland to rub their forehead scent on to the rubs. It’s a small dark patch usually brown on the forehead where they leave that communication scent on rubs. The bucks antlers are for rubbing to make it visual.

Nasal and Saliva Gland – Nasal gland to keep the nose moist for better smelling. Saliva gland used to leave scent on the licking branch when deer chew on the licking branch.

Pre Orbital Gland – Up near the tear ducts of the eyes which help leave secretions when deer are working the licking branch.


Interdigital gland – Located between the hoofs of the deer. This is a communication gland . This is how deer can tell each other apart in their family groups. One of the main building blocks in building a quality scent. Deer do not communicate through urine. They communicate through their interdigital and tarsal glands.

Tarsal Gland –  Located back behind the legs. This gland will hold some urine. During the pre rut and rut deer will rub and urinate on those glands and they will turn dark brown. Those glands are made up of fatty tissue and bacteria will start to form to get that strong musk smell. This communication gland to help tell the bucks when the does are ready for breeding. With the bucks it becomes a territorial gland when they rub urinate to tell if there is another buck in their territory.

Preputial gland – Bucks only have this gland. This scent communicator is only used as the bucks enter in the pre rut; this gland will mix with the urine when the bucks rub urinate on the tarsal gland. This is the rutting smell that bucks will give off.

Metatarsal Gland – This is the alarm gland smell when deer stomp their feet.

Anal Gland – These gland are found in does only. These glands are attached to the urinary tract. When the does gives off the secretions smell when they are in heat. It’s a sweet sticky substance. Bucks will lick and smell the does anal area to see if she is ready. This is what Big Buck Adventures collect to put in our Doe in Heat and Doe Passion scents to make them a strong communication smell and scent.