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Sorting Out the Sign

Check Out Our Video TipsSo 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. 

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