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I have a Illinois monster buck in my area rub lines are all in one area a scrape the size of my full size ford pickup that's active biggest scrape I ever saw a creek about 50yards away and a thick cover and no trees I have walked the creek looking for crossing none it does funnel down to a point where should I set up
 

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Have you seen his tracks at the scrape? can you tell which direction he's coming into the scrape from?
without knowing more I would sit in a tree stand about 100 yards from the scrape with my scent blowing away from the scrape and watch it as best I could, that way if you see him you'll learn how he's coming in and be able to Re-position your location the next day if you have to.
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I also forgot to say privite on other side of creek no hunting allowed no one ever hunted thank you for help tracks are coming in along a open field mowed I think maybe he is nocturnal would set trail camera but no nothing to attach to he's a 16 point and white faced driving in standing in road with 4 does archery only one tree at scrape afraid I might spook him by getting scent in area he has a large group of does that are Mature and smart:wub::wub:
 

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Get a metal fence T-post and go to wal mart and get the bracket that mounts any trail cam to a T-post, then you can place your cam any were you want. If I do it like that I like to back it up against a brush pill to help hide it but it works great when there is just no tree were you need one. This will tell you if that buck is nocturnal right there and if he is then all you can do is keep moving your cam back till you get him in daylight or you run out of your property. If you know what I'm saying. Start there and see what time he's showing up, if it's just an hour or so after dark you should be able to go down property to find him in light hours, if it's like 2 am then there is a great chance all your gonna get is some great night time buck pics.( But there is always the chance of like here with opening gun weekend and so many people any guns in the woods that it keeps the deer up n moving)but if your neighboring property is hunt free then they won't be pushed and will bed as usual and your back to square one and would just have to hope he gets horny enough in his rut to make a fatal mistake, but he didn't get that big by making mistakes
 
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