So what’s hot — rubs, scrapes, trails, bedding areas or feeding areas? Actually, they all are.
An area containing all these things indicates a high amount of deer activity. However, don’t bet the farm on any one of them. Split the difference.
Hunting solely over scrapes is an easy way to spook a buck. Invading the bedding area is even worse. Rub lines indicate only one of a buck’s routes, and there’s no guarantee he’ll use that route that day or even that week. Feeding areas are a good bet during the rut but are usually too open to tempt a buck at other times.
Instead, set up on a buck trail, which is usually small and located in denser cover than main trails. Look for a trail that connects two or more of the above areas.