dan wrote:I have taken a few bucks including one of my largest on primary scrapes ( or BBS ) within the staging area. Interestingly they seem to use these scrapes year round. I think I read above someone refferancing hitting them during the pre-rut. However, who knows where these bucks will show up come rut, especially f your looking for a specific buck. The big buck I metioned was a large 11 pointer scoring in the 160's with a 24 inch inside spread. I glassed him from a distance and watched him work the scrape within his staging area before he was even out of velvet. I shot him opening weekend of bow season as he viseted the scrape at around 1:00 in the afternoon...
I agree with Dan.....these primary scrapes can be some of the best to hunt for mature bucks. And when located are usually very close to a mature bucks core area. IMO as a buck reaches maturity, his world shrinks and becomes a creature of habit. He also doesn't leave much sign of his presence, few rubs or scrapes, other than just in his core area. He also doesn't participate in rutting activity like a younger buck, with a bunch of rubs and scrapelines.
I believe that many times the mature does in a area will seek him out when they come into estrus. And these primary scrapes is his calling card,if you will.
I can think of many times tracking a large buck track for hours and days, to locate a core area, so I could set up a hunt on him later. But the northern woods we hunt you could do that, in a heavy pressure area, it usually puts a tag on a nice buck for another hunter.