There he was... stepping out of the timber, making his first daylight appearance. He was a ghost that I didn’t know much about. I knew he was big, but wow! Yeah... he’s big! I just might have to frame this picture and put it on the wall right beside his shoulder mount. Still can’t believe it all came together. 👍🏼🙏🏼 #thankful#backcountrybowhunter#bowhunter#bigbuck#monsterbuck
A large-racked, mature Whitetail Buck works over a branch that I bent down to make a mock scrape. If you pick the right spot, you can bend down a branch to the right height (by cracking it partly or tethering it to the tree trunk with wire/rope) for a Whitetail Buck, which is about 5 feet off the ground, and you don’t even have to put scent on it. It’s better to bend the tree limb too low than too high, as they will not begin utilizing a limb they can’t reach, but will start working over a low-lying limb (as I did in this case in this photo) and will nibble the twigs and work over the longest branches with his antlers until they will end up with just woody stobs hanging down. So you might ask what the best places are for bending branches down to get a buck to start utilizing it? And I would tell you that my two favorite spots to make mock scrapes are the edges of food plots/Ag fields that bucks frequent, and trails inside the woods that intersect with your shooting lanes around your stands. And they work best on popular, well worn doe trails, and not look for discrete buck trails, since the bucks normally make their scrapes on doe trails to have as many does interact with the scrape as possible. However, if you put scent on the overhanging limb, that airborne scent will filter through the area for a good ways, and will bring in more bucks than if you just relied on the visual cue of the branch hanging down in popular deer hangouts. So, bend over a branch in a good area, and see if a buck or bucks adopt it in his scrape-line rounds, which will cause him to stop while he’s walking down that field edge, or trail, and could give you the opportunity to make a shot at a still buck. You can also dig the ground out below the overhanging limb with a branch to look like a buck dug it out with his front hoof, and then add scrape scent to the freshly pawed out scrape, or even add a scrape-dripper to keep the scent flowing during the days when you’re not there. The best scrape drippers only drip scent during daylight hours, when the temperatures rise during the day and cause the air inside the dripper to rise and expand and force the scent liquid to dribble into the scrape.