Mock Scrapes, Summer Preparations for Mature Bucks

Show Notes

In this episode, Jon Teater (Whitetail Landscapes), Steve Sherk (Sherk’s Guide Service) discuss summer activities that will lead to better options for mature buck harvest success.  Steve explains why it's critical to scout now to ensure hunting season is productive. Steve discusses the importance of mock scrapes, where to put scrapes and how to scout new areas. Steve explains specific locations that deer will socialize and what deer prefer through the summer months and into deer hunting season.

Jon discusses the importance of evaluating high stem count areas, what they mean to the deer and as hunters and how to discern good quality habitat and cover based on high stem count areas. Steve details the importance of location with scrape locations and how to identify locations in the summer months. Steve perfects certain aspects of the slope that will drive interest throughout the summer. Steve discusses travel corridors and pinch points and the importance during summer scouting.

Steve explains timing of scrapes and when he prefers to start scrapes and why if you are starting scrapes late in the summer you may be missing out on interest come hunting season. Steve discusses urinating in scrapes and what he prefers when setting up a mock location. Steve explains the importance of having noticeable scrapes and enhancing the visual aspect of scrapes.

Steve and Jon discuss how deer disperse and understand how deer move around as they transition to hardened antlers. Steve explains the importance of finding low pressure locations and locations that have high interspersion indexes with better habitat.

Steve discusses big mistakes that he must overcome that will allow for a better upcoming hunting season.

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