Bucks use scrapes as a means of marking their turf. Hunting over scrapes—either natural or manmade—is an ideal strategy for patterning movements of prime bucks. Most scrape activity occurs during pre-rut and into the early rut.
Don’t: Hunt directly over a scrape.
Do: Hunt downwind and set up along trails leading to the scrape. Bucks visit scrapes at night, so you are most likely to intercept a passing buck approaching a stake, rather than right on top of it.