A: Peak scraping activity typically precedes peak breeding by two to three weeks. Once the rut hits, bucks become more interested in chasing does than in stopping by scrapes. Our studies do indicate, however, that visits to scrapes rise again about two to three weeks after the peak rut, or about a month after the first pulse of major scraping activity. Obviously, such a renewal indicates that there is still buck activity in the area. However, we've also found that most trips to scrapes occur at night. Therefore, hunting natural funnels near active scrapes may be more productive at this time.