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Posted 04 August 2018 - 10:26 AM

Scrape Savvy

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There are three types of scrapes:


1 – Pre-rut or pre-season scrapes.

2 – Subordinate buck scrapes (Bachelor groups)

3 – Breeding Scrapes (Large)


We’ll focus on number three – Breeding Scrapes

Scrapes are like email for sexually active deer. A buck paws out a clean area of soil, usually under an overhanging limb, and urinates in it. If a receptive doe comes by, she also urinates in the scrape. When the buck returns to “check his mail,” he picks up her trail. Sounds like a can’t-miss deal for the deer hunter, but there’s more to it.

Most scrapes are situated so that the buck can check from a distance using the wind, usually checking at night, or both. In fact, there’s a theory (?) that most bucks shot over scrapes are intruder bucks rather than the scrape’s maker. Also, individual scrapes are checked at random intervals. Some are checked regularly, some infrequently, and some are never revisited after they are made. One old trick is to put some debris (leaves. Sticks, pine straw) in the scrape. If it is being frequented often, a buck will clean it out before urinating in it again. (Use a branch to dirty a scrape)

Watch for scrapes that are kept clean and frequently have fresh urine in them.

If you were to plot the scrapes and observed them from an aerial view, it would look like a spoked wheel or round spider web. (round/oblong).

Don’t set up right over the scrape. Look for a nearby trail downwind of the scrape and hope to ambush your big buck there. It’s the RUT, so a buck may even check his scrape in the middle of the day. Watch for a doe that is frequently checking her back trail.


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