Last weekend I noticed an area that had characteristics of a scrape. Wanting to confirm my suspicions, I placed a camera in the area. Turns out, I was right and got some good pics of a young buck in action.
Out are the bachelor groups of summer and in are the territorial single bucks. During this early and mid October time, rubs and scrapes start making appearances. While rubs can help indicate the size of deer running around your property, scrapes are what you want to be seeking. Rubs, in most cases, only see a buck one time in the same year. Scrapes, however, see repeat activity through the pre-rut and rut phases.
Just off main traveling trails and mostly in intersections are where you’ll find scrapes. Look in those areas while scouting. Keep your eyes out for broken twigs overhanging in these intersections as this is a tell-tell sign of a scrape. Also, bucks tend to like moist ground where soil is exposed to make their scrape.
Scrapes are a great identifier of what stage of the rut the buck is in and a great way to put yourself in a good position for your upcoming hunts. Monitoring the scrape will give you the best chance for success and tell you when and where to set your stand. Downwind from the scrape is always the best bet.
Check back tomorrow for more information about scrapes and relating them to the current stage of the rut.