John Deere Scrape-Maker Bags Monster Missouri Buck

John Deere Scrape-Maker Bags Monster Missouri Buck

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Kevin Whitehead with the monster nontypical he bagged with a crossbow on the morning of Oct. 31, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Whitehead)

Hunters know that making mock scrapes – and ambushing deer near them – can pay big dividends. Like a lot of other deer detectives, Kevin Whitehead  of Elsberry, Mo., has learned that sometimes the secret to getting mature bucks to reveal themselves is to play to their need to visit scrapes and leave their own hormone-charged calling cards.

Unlike most hunters, Whitehead begins creating mock scrapes in late spring, months before the rut in the Show-Me State. He also uses unconventional methods for fashioning the pseudo deer sign.

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