Hunting scrape lines?

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  • October 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm #495994 Back to Top REPORT
    led0321
    led0321

    Joined: 4/23/2008
    My dad always taught me to hunt over a food source or in between while I was growing up. However, the land I am hunting now (An army base) doesn’t have any food on it for the deer that you can use to pattern them. The few oaks that have acorns are not spitting them out yet and there is still random greenery through out the woods for them to munch on. We do have some unusually cold weather right now for SC so Im hoping that will kill off the greenery. I am finding tons of scrapes and rubs but I have never set up on one with a bow and I am curious if that usually produces a lot of activity for those who have. This is really all I have for pattering the deer so I am going to try it tomorrow morning and Friday afternoon. Both sides of this swamp I hunt have scrape lines on the edges and I got some pi cs of big SC bucks back there in August and September. The scrapes are the size of a car hood back there now so Im excited. I know they bed in the swamp and I have jumped deer every time I have gone into it so I am staying out of it unless I chose to slip in one night if the wind is right. I have to wade the water but its the only way in without jumping deer. Anyway sorry for the long post but any feedback helps.
    October 29, 2008 at 8:35 pm #522505 Back to Top REPORT
    bm2
    bm2

    Age: 35
    Joined: 8/19/2004
    i would say set up downwind of em and give em a try. it just depends on if the bucks are chasing doe’s yet. if they are they wont visit em as much. but if its pre rut they could frequent em, i would say set up on em and sit for a while you never know when mr. big might come cruising by.

    John

    October 29, 2008 at 9:09 pm #522506 Back to Top REPORT
    outback77
    Outback77

    Joined: 8/19/2008
    I hear ya! I hunt Camp Ripley here in MN. A 50,000+ acre National Guard post. There is not much for food on post here either, and deer can be hard to pattern. My suggestion is to get some topographical maps and find some funnels that deer would use for travel. Google Earth works great, or get maps from range control.

    I am fortunate enough to work here on post and I talk to the guys at Range Control and the guys at the Roads and Grounds dept., they are down range a lot and they KNOW where the big ones are.

    I don’t know how many permits are given out for your hunts down there. But Camp Ripley has two, two-day hunts, and there are 2,500 hunters each weekend. We can’t scout, and we can’t put up stands in advance, it’s first come first serve as far as hunting spots. It sucks, but if you know exactly where you are going, you don’t have to be first in line.

    If you don’t work there, get to know someone who does. That’s the best advice. Second, don’t tell anyone where you are going, once they assume you know where are going they WILL follow you. I let it slip out this past weekend and I had about 6 vehicles follow me out the first morning. My last bit of advice, pack a lunch and sit in your stand all day! Most people get down and move around about mid-morning and early afternoon, that’s the time to grab your bow and hook-up. Good luck!

    October 29, 2008 at 9:47 pm #522507 Back to Top REPORT
    rockster11
    rockster11

    Joined: 7/4/2004
    Now iis the time……. Pretty soon they will be too busy chasing and tending to worry about scrapes.. :thumbup
    October 29, 2008 at 11:31 pm #522508 Back to Top REPORT
    tangy003
    tangy003

    Joined: 5/28/2005
    Hunt them before the rut is in high gear.Just don’t put your stand in the same tree as the rub is on. :whistle :whistle :whistle :whistle
    October 29, 2008 at 11:46 pm #522509 Back to Top REPORT
    led0321
    led0321

    Joined: 4/23/2008
    Hunt them before the rut is in high gear.Just don’t put your stand in the same tree as the rub is on. :whistle :whistle :whistle :whistle

    I wish the trees they were rubbing were big enough to climb :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O

    October 30, 2008 at 12:35 am #522510 Back to Top REPORT
    gijay
    GIjay

    Joined: 2/11/2008

    Hunt them before the rut is in high gear.Just don’t put your stand in the same tree as the rub is on. :whistle :whistle :whistle :whistle

    I wish the trees they were rubbing were big enough to climb :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O[/quote:3i2044yb]

    I will be in you AO on friday

    October 30, 2008 at 12:43 am #522511 Back to Top REPORT
    led0321
    led0321

    Joined: 4/23/2008

    Hunt them before the rut is in high gear.Just don’t put your stand in the same tree as the rub is on. :whistle :whistle :whistle :whistle

    I wish the trees they were rubbing were big enough to climb :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O[/quote:2fglacv5]

    I will be in you AO on friday[/quote:2fglacv5]

    give me a ring, 9105813891

    October 30, 2008 at 12:49 am #522512 Back to Top REPORT
    chrud
    Chrud

    Joined: 7/12/2004
    I always pay attention to scrapes. But, some off season reading has me much more interested in hunting rub-lines rather than scrape-lines. [=}=]
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