Understanding Deer Scrapes

Just when you thought there wasn’t much more to learn about buck breeding behavior, some imaginative graduate student adds some new pieces to the old puzzle of deer scrapes thanks to some outstanding video research.

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Urban Deer Bowhunts On The Rise

The rut was on and there was a fresh scrape just off a hot trail that funneled through a narrow strip of oaks. The bowhunter parked his Jeep, walked past some buildings, and moved quickly through a patch of oaks. In 10 minutes he was in the treestand. But humans in the area were also on the move. Humans were in the area? Where was this guy hunting?

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Getting Bucks To Change Habits

This week’s question comes from mistmith@msn.com. He says he hunts 40 acres that is surrounded by large tracts of land. He says he’s had the chance to shoot two 150-class bucks, but they were across the boundary of land he could hunt. He wants to know how he can get those bucks to come “on his side of the fence.”

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