SCRAPE WATCH Near December Tree

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For over two decades I bowhunted deer in an area I called December Tree. (Named because I discovered this hot spot in December.) The December Tree was a cedar tree that hosted the core scrapes of bucks and does every year. That is until the bucks eventually ripped up the bark on the tree so badly that the tree died. And then, two years later, it fell over. The scrapes under December Tree drew bucks and does from all around. It was sad to see this area die.

But I know that the deer have replaced the core scrape at the December Tree … someplace, somewhere around here. I look around for it every year. And I  just found a scrape 80 yards away in the Grapevine Hill area that is getting activity right now. It’s probably not the core scrape that December Tree was but I’ve got my eye on it to see how it does.

It is at the edge of a small opening at the edge of the trees on the hill.

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The scrape is pawed into the native grass that grows in this small clearing. The scrape tree is smaller around than most but it has lots of overhanging limbs, a prime ingredient of a productive scrape.

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Notice the overhanging branches above and near the scrape. They are being worked also.

The ground is nicely pawed up bu the visiting bucks and does.

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I hung a SpyPoint Tiny W2S on a nearby tree to get pictures of the deer who were using this scrape right now.

This is a picture of our first visitor.

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And there were more. CONTINUED…

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