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fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby Bayshorebuck8 » Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:37 pm

Scouting today i noticed fresh scrapes opened up two or three, real fresh...... near doe bedding..... could this be bucks responding to late estrous does?

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Seeing the same thing in SE Kansas

Unread postby Bronc » Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:47 pm

It's yearling bucks that are making them.

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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby Ghost Hunter » Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:47 pm

Not sure where you are at? Did you have snow that has or is melting off?
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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby Bayshorebuck8 » Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:49 pm

Michigan, and no...... these are fresh its not from snow that melted because i was just in the area a week ago and they were not there.

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Unread postby whitetailassasin » Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:06 pm

I saw them with Bayshore fresh pawed out dirt and more than just one. Big tracks in them as well.

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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby Ghost Hunter » Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:09 pm

Bayshorebuck8 wrote:Michigan, and no...... these are fresh its not from snow that melted because i was just in the area a week ago and they were not there.

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I was thinking maybe they cleaned them out after the snow melted down.
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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby dirt nap giver » Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:24 pm

I've seen this before in mild winters past

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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby Lockdown » Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:27 pm

I had a scrape near a camera location that was hit around mid January this year. Not something I'm used to seeing...
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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby Wapiti » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:38 am

I pulled a camera yesterday, which showed an ~125" buck dogging a doe on Feb 2nd. Last night I glassed 2 dinks still sparring.

Buck/doe ratio here isn't that good and lots of bucks are still holding their antlers.
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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby wickedbruiser » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:52 am

I wrote a post regarding the same topic last week. Scrapes were torn up again with fresh dirt. There is really no way of telling which bucks did it since I have 3 mature and 3 younger leaving 2 at 1.5. My guess is that the younger bucks are marking as an insecurity since the older bucks are coming around daily and pushing them around. All bucks still have not dropped yet.

There is 1 yearling doe fawn. But she is with her mother and not being pushed off. So I don't think a late season estrus is going on.

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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby wickedbruiser » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:56 am

wickedbruiser wrote:I wrote a post regarding the same topic last week. Scrapes were torn up again with fresh dirt. There is really no way of telling which bucks did it since I have 3 mature and 3 younger leaving 2 at 1.5. My guess is that the younger bucks are marking as an insecurity since the older bucks are coming around daily and pushing them around. All bucks still have not dropped yet.

There is 1 yearling doe fawn. But she is with her mother and not being pushed off. So I don't think a late season estrus is going on.

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Forgot to add. These scrapes were right after a snow melt. This year is the most buck activity I've seen in my general area. So my assumption is primary scrapes for territorial purposes.

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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby semperfidelis » Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:10 am

I was out scouting yesterday and found 2 x fresh scrapes. I'm in northern VA and we did just have some serious snow melt. This find caught me by surprise but each was fresh and contained deer hoof prints.
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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby GRUD » Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:30 am

I have observed breeding in mid February before. When I lived out in the country a ways I watched a 6pt breed a doe in my yard the second week of February. I believe at times a doe who did not get bred may come back into heat.

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Unread postby IkemanTx » Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:30 am

Pen raised does have been excluded from bucks to keep breeding from happening and have come into estrous up to 5 times. If buck/doe ratios are off, or a doe aborted for some reason, it is completely possible that a mature doe went un-bred.

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Re: fresh feburary scrapes.....

Unread postby Stanley » Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:27 am

I saw a couple of bucks working scrapes in late January. It's just what they do.
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