elk yinzer wrote:Good article. One thing I have noticed in the mountains with low deer density is that clusters of the smaller "random" scrapes that are often dismissed are good indicators of bedding areas. I'm talking areas that can have 20 or more small scrapes clustered in a few acres.
The reason that is so useful is because our long ridges don't have obvious thermal hubs and pinpointing bedding from map scouting can be very difficult to a pointless endeavor.
Not that I am hunting them directly but I am using that as a piece of the puzzle to tell me how bucks use the area during the rut. More of the primary scrapes tend to be in nightime travel areas and to me those are useless except to run camera surveys.
That's something I came across last year. 21 scrapes coming through a very slight saddle that's running a ridge. I think it was the first week of November when I bumped 2 smaller bucks bedding out in the open maybe 100 yards apart from each other along this route. I'm guessing there a was a hot doe or coming into somewhere close, most likely just across the public line. It's one of my focal points for cam history this season.