When Do Buck’s Make The First Scrapes?

SCOUTING FOR DEER 2014

QUESTION OF THE DAY: When Do Buck’s Start Making Scrapes?

In late July I was watching a fine 10-pointer walking past where I was hidden in one of my Photo Blinds. It was swell to see this fine buck again … and very cool that he was going to give me a nice surprise.

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The 10-point walked casually along through the high grass, weeds and trees. He stopped under a tree.

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And reached up and grabbed an overhanging limb in his mouth and twisted his head. He was marking the limb with his scent.

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After several seconds of limb twisting and biting he paused.

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I zoomed in on him with the camera and got a closer view of him.

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Then he was back at it, limb in mouth, so to speak. He really yanked the limbs around this time.

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So I zoomed in again and took another closer view picture.

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He yanked and mouthed the overhead limbs a few more times and then he stopped … and for the first time, he looked around the area.

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Then he began pawing the ground, very aggressively. He was definitely getting after it.

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Once done with the ground pawing, he smelled the area and urinated. And smelled some more.

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Then he walked slowly away from his new scrape and the tree, taking 4 or 5 steps and then trotting off.

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This happened the morning of July 24. And I got lucky and saw it …  and took pictures of the buck that did it. Life in the deer woods is good.