Hunting over primary scrape areas in late October can be a huge thrill. Just sitting over an area like this leads to a high-level of anticipation on the hunt, and it often produces a lot of encounters.
I’m not talking about single scrapes on a field edge or in the woods. What I consider primary scrape areas are spots where multiple scrapes or huge scrapes (I’ve seen ground torn up the size of a truck before) open up due to so much activity from does and bucks of all age classes frequenting these scrapes.
There is one spot on a property I hunt that produces a primary scrape area every year. This spot is where I shot my Minnesota buck in 2019 during shotgun season, and I had another close encounter here with my bow in late October.
In this video, I’ll break down why this area seems to blow up with scrapes each season and how crop rotations tend to dictate the level to which deer are hitting this area in the fall.