Scrapes are a great way for whitetail bucks to communicate. An important part of a scrape is the “licking branch”. Bucks rub their forehead, preorbital and nasal glands on the licking branch, and then paw at the ground and urinate in it. This allows a buck to disperse sent in his area and establish dominance.
Bucks utilize scrapes all throughout the year, but prime scraping behavior occurs in the 30 day window leading up to peak breeding.
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