Velvet has shed and hunting season is underway. What does that mean? It’s time to get your trail cameras on scrapes.

Don’t be mistaken. Deer will still be traveling to and from food and mineral sources in the upcoming weeks after coming out of velvet, but as the hunting season progresses, food sources will change, and the deer’s traveling patterns will change too. To make sure you are getting as many of the bucks on your property showing up on your cameras, transitioning cameras to natural scrapes and mock scrapes is high priority.



  • Place one or two mock scrapes around older scrapes that on, or near, the edge of a food sources. These tend to be the most frequented scrapes in the early season.
  • Place a few in the woods close to bedding cover areas that lead to food sources, such as food plots or acorn hotspots. These scrapes often reveal some of the best pictures of bucks.



  • Look for a low, overhanging branch that is horizontal to the ground, or cut a limb and tie it with a wire to a smaller tree to create an overhanging branch.  
  • Take a small rake to clear out the debris on the ground below the overhanging branch.
  • For early season mock scrapes, pour some buck urine on the ground and rub buck urine gel or rack rub on the overhanging branch. This will bring in most of the bucks you have been watching, and possibly a few more you haven’t seen before.
  • After hanging your cameras over your new mock scrapes, wait 7 to 10 days before slipping back into the woods to check them. This is where Moultrie Mobile comes in handy. It doesn’t hurt to freshen up your scrape while you are in the area checking cameras.
  • If you find other natural scrapes or some of your mock scrapes are being used more frequently compared to other scrapes, freshen those scrapes up with tarsal gland gel, and make sure that you have a camera on it.
  • As the rut kicks off, the mature bucks will start frequenting doe beds and food source edges, and scrapes will be used less often. Move your game cameras from the scrapes and put them in funnel areas leading from doe bedding areas to food sources.