Michelle and I hunted a favored wood lot over the weekend, one laden with white oaks. We saw few deer, but Michelle did find something interesting Saturday evening: the first active scrape of the year. I checked it out for myself Sunday morning, and found another one 30 or 40 yards from it. Neither of them were very big, but both were fresh, complete with broken licking branches, as you can see in the video here. I stuck a trail camera over the largest of the two, and am excited to check it this weekend to see what shows up.
Early rubs and scrapes are nothing unusual by October 1, but any deer hunter with a pulse gets excited about finding the first hot buck sign of a new season. The nights are getting cooler, and the bachelor groups are busting up. Even though most of the action is a few weeks away, the whitetail rut is in the air.