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Scrapes #7615890 09/25/19 03:34 PM
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Found two worked scrapes today, has to be young bucks from the light damage I noticed, but scrapes nun the less. Do have a few small forks on TC, so those are probably the violators. With this extended heat, it feels a bit early, but I guess the days are getting shorter.


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I saw quite a few scrapes about 3 weeks ago in Val Verde.
And it was hot and very dry.

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Not unusual at all. Some bucks keep scrapes active year round. I found one that was active in June one year in La Salle County. It rained a lot that month and they cleaned that scrape out after each rain shower. I have several scrapes now on travel corridors and around feed locations.


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Agree STX, but would wonder how it compares to the " average", I see scrapes every year here late into Spring as well (same area/treeline). Early scrapes I tend to think are young bucks, late scrapes I tend to believe are mature bucks but I have no reasoning for that really, just an assumption. Surely a higher % of young deer where I am just due to lot /land size and pressure, When we had significantly more land, I cant recall many early scrapes, but do remember several that got worked into green up, to be honest tho, I was much busier then and had less time to snoop around.


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Kind of a question to run off of this. On licking branches and scrapes, has anyone noticed a tree that deer prefer? Like sweet gum, versus oak? Here in East TX, they wont use pine trees, that I've found, but will use any cedar they come across.


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Originally Posted by KWood_TSU
Kind of a question to run off of this. On licking branches and scrapes, has anyone noticed a tree that deer prefer? Like sweet gum, versus oak? Here in East TX, they wont use pine trees, that I've found, but will use any cedar they come across.

Here where I live they seem to use what ever is on the edge of the pasture road, ROW or around the opening by a feeder or food plot. All it takes is the bush or tree to be the right height and in the right place it seems. I have seen them under Live Oaks, Mesquites, Bumelias, Granjeno, Huisache, Hackberry, Lime Prickly Ash, Anachuas, and even at times Blackbrush. I only have seen one cedar on my place and it is in the middle of an old grown over cross fence that they can not get to it. I think it is more location along the route they take on the their travel corridor than species here.


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Originally Posted by KWood_TSU
Kind of a question to run off of this. On licking branches and scrapes, has anyone noticed a tree that deer prefer? Like sweet gum, versus oak? Here in East TX, they wont use pine trees, that I've found, but will use any cedar they come across.


They will use just about anything 'overhanging' a scrape where I am (Deep East Texas) but show a definite preference for Cedar for 'Rubs'.

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Same as STx and flint, seen scrapes on several types of trees, only ever seen cedars used as rubs as well.


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Kind of a question to run off of this. On licking branches and scrapes, has anyone noticed a tree that deer prefer? Like sweet gum, versus oak? Here in East TX, they wont use pine trees, that I've found, but will use any cedar they come across.


They will use just about anything 'overhanging' a scrape where I am (Deep East Texas) but show a definite preference for Cedar for 'Rubs'.

In Kendall County the bucks preferred to rub and sign post on Bumelia over cedars. We had a lot of both of them in some pastures. The Bumelia tended to be more open around/under them and in more open areas it seemed on one ranch. As y walked along you could tell their travel route in the mornings and evenings based off the sun hitting those rubbed Bumelias. I always thought the bucks preferred them for the same reason so they could show the other bucks their territory and travel route in it.


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STX, is the Bumelia an aromatic tree also?


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up "Sweet and penetrating odor", common theme with "rub" tree selection.


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I saw worked scrapes and one rub on my land in San Saba county 10 days ago. Post oaks are the favorite there but they will also use mesquite.


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