It’s that time of year when bow hunters will take to the woods across the country. It’s also now when whitetail scrapes will begin to show up all over the landscape. First, more for communication and sorting out the local hierarchy. But gradually becoming more about breeding leading right up to the Rut. Far too often hunters hone in on scrapes only during the Rut. Though there is a chance to see a buck work a scrape during daylight hours, the real action will take place in the weeks leading up to the Rut. This pre-rut timeframe not only is when scrapes will see the most activity, but also the best chances to catch a good buck during daylight hours.
No contrary to popular belief, or what many public land hunters might claim, bucks don’t just hit scrapes on private land. They are out there, you just have to put the homework in to find them. This video is a great example of that. An area we called “Buck Ridge” on a piece of public accessible land in Missouri, we located one of the hottest scrapes we have ever seen, public or private land. Captured over 72 hours, were SEVEN different bucks. And no not all spikes either! These bucks showed interest in the scrape or for 6 out of the 7 caught on video, worked the licking branch overhead.
NO deer urine or attractant was used! This was just finding a great scrape in an area in which bucks used frequently. Bucks continued to use it when November hit, but in nowhere near the same intensity.
This year maybe one of the big shooter bucks will show up when we are in the stand and we can follow up with a “Buck Ridge” kill video!
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