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Location: michigan
Joined: 09/27/2004
Posts: 20
A ? About Fresh Scrapes

I have been hunting a real nice scrape line here in Michigan. I mean 8 or 9 scrapes in a 40 yard area, I mean limbs broke off, 2-3 foot srapes, the rubs around there are nice as well. My stand is about 30 yards away from the start of the scrapes near a open feild. Its on public land so I know Iam not the only one who knows about, I saw an other hunter on Wed. hunting about 50 yards away. These scrape where fresh last week and have not been opended in a 3 or 4 days and it rained real hard 2 days ago. You would think they would open up those scrapes after a good rain? I know there are bucks in the area just not seeing them. I did see a 6 point walk right under the other guys stand about 20 minutes after the hunter left. The other guy is sitting right on top of a major trail with a 12 foot lader stand. I know the rut is real close a week at the most. Would this hunting pressure cause them to make scrape somewhere else?, I would think they would be opened the scrapes at night? I did see a nice doe yesterday about 8:30 but some guys scouting kicked her up. So should I move deeper in the woods or stay put? Thanks

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 06/03/2004
Posts: 52
A ? About Fresh Scrapes

Find a trail or nice funnel 40 - 50 yds down wind of the scrapes. Ive sat over scrapes before and watched different bucks skirt them on the down wind side 50 yds away. They dont always come right into them unless they are going to tend it. The closer to the rut it gets, I think, the less they will come right in. They can tell if another buck or doe has visited just by wind checking them.

Just some of my observations. Good Luck

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Location: michigan
Joined: 09/27/2004
Posts: 20
A ? About Fresh Scrapes

Thanks for the tip, I do plan on moving a bit farther away. I have been carefull with my cover scent a little scent free in the wash and a shower with no scent soap. I think the rut is on or darn close a lot of guys are seeing bucks trailing does hard. I can only get out about 2 days a week so I have not seen alot of deer. Gonna give it hell next week since gun season comes in on the 15th.
Thanks again

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