Scrape Drippers – How They Work
by Tracy Taylor
Scrape dippers have been on the market for several years. Most of them are nothing more than an insulated bottle with a cap that has a tube with a 360 degree bend attached to it. Fill the bottle with a scent (I prefer ‘Doe in Heat’ or ‘Active Scrape’). Screw in the cap and hang the dripper upside down from a tree limb over an active or mock scrape. I like to keep it 6 to 8 feet from the ground. I also like to hang a camera at this location.
As the temperature changes, liquid flows out of the dripper thru the tube and into the scrape, ideally encouraging the deer to visit the scrape in the daylight hours.
Do they work? In my opinion, absolutely.
I really started using drippers seriously in 2009 and have seldom hung one where I didn’t get deer pictures. It’s not always a big buck during shooting light. At times it may just be some does and small bucks moving through the woods. The deer will visit your mock scrape during daytime and or nighttime hours. Even if big boy doesn’t show up to your scrape it is still interesting to see what the scent brings to the camera.
Here are two examples of times a scrape dripper contributed to me tagging a good buck.
1. Mid December, Tennessee
I hung this dripper one afternoon near one of my stands and left it to hunt another spot on the same property around 300 yards away. I killed a decent 8 point that afternoon. When I pulled the SD card on the camera I had a picture of another buck that same afternoon actually smelling the dipper. He was standing in easy bow range from the stand I wasn’t in.
2. Early November, Mid West
Getting my gear together to get down after an evening bow hunt I hear a noise. I look around and a big ole deer is walking toward my stand. He turns left and walks directly to my mock scrape/dripper setup which is approximately 27 yards from my stand. He stops and I watch my camera take his picture. But it’s to dark to shoot.
Same stand, next morning a mid 130’s 11 point comes in and I take him.
So in my opinion scrape drippers, especially in conjunction with a camera are an inexpensive weapon to add to your hunting arsenal. You can pick up a scrape dripper at almost any outdoor shop $10 to $15. If you are close to the Middle Tennessee area swing by my shop and I can get you set up with some deer scents and a dripper to get your mock scrape heated up.