Hunting The Post-Rut: Scrapes Are Key by Grand Woods

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Most scrapes will remain inactive during the peak of the rut. In fact many will be covered with leaves, etc., and appear that they’ve been abandoned for the year.

Somewhere around November 21st throughout the Midwest most does have been bred. However, bucks still have an elevated testosterone level and are actively seeking receptive does. This period is called the post rut and bucks are doing more seeking than chasing and tending.

That’s why the post run can be an excellent time to hunt near scrapes. It’s easy to notice which of these signposts are being tended again as deer will remove any debris from the ground portion of the scrapes.

Hunting near scrapes can be a great way to tag a mature buck during the pre and post rut! In fact, the closer to the rut the more frequently mature bucks will use scrapes. I like hunting near scrapes during both the pre and post rut.

About Grant Woods

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Dr. Grant Woods was raised and began his love of white-tailed deer as a bow hunter in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.