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How To Best Hunt Scrapes by Grant Woods

Places near scrapes can be great stand locations during the right stage of the rut. Throughout most of the whitetail’s range bucks use scrapes the most during mid to late October and very early November.

This is two to three weeks before most does are receptive. Check out this video. This buck is freshening a scrape. When many does are receptive most bucks, especially mature bucks, don’t spend time using scrapes, but rather focus on finding and tending receptive does.

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Hence, if you see or know bucks are actively chasing does where you hunt, then focus on travel corridors and bedding areas versus stands located by individual scrapes.

Bucks will again focus on tending scrapes after most does have been bred, but with less intensity and there will be fewer bucks due to harvest and injury from fighting during the rut.

Enjoy pursuing deer,


Dr. Grant Woods
Dr. Grant Woods
Raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Dr. Grant Woods has consulted on wildlife research and management from Canada to New Zealand. A hunter since childhood, he not only knows how to grow big deer, but how to effectively hunt them as well. His work serves to improve deer herd quality and educate hunters about advanced management techniques.