-- A scrape is a pawed-out area on the ground that's usually one to four feet in diameter. Scrapes almost always are located under an overhanging limb where a buck can hook the limb with his antlers and rub it with his face to leave scent from facial glands. He does this while urinating, with the urine running down his hocks and flushing his scent into the scrape. Then he paws the scrape and deposits scent from the glands in his hooves.
A scrape is not just an indication that a buck is in the area. Rather it means that not only has he been there, but chances are he'll come back. Some scrapes pay off better than others. An active scrape smells really strong. If you find four or five of these in a row, you've located a scrape line. Breeding scrapes are located in thicker areas, not in the wide open. Find a breeding scrape and you should consider putting up a stand to hunt.
Bucks usually start to make breeding scrapes about the same time every year, and they often make them in the same places. Examine the scrape and see which direction the leaves have been pawed out. Compare that information to nearby trails and you have a good idea of how the bucks are approaching their scrapes.