Scrape Making: I've been monitoring a couple of big scrapes I found a month ago. The same routine seems to be happening now as then. Every 2-3 days, the scrapes get pawed up and the overhanging branch is shredded a little more.
Chasing:** A friend of mine was driving home from a morning hunt in the northeastern Texas Panhandle, at 12:20 PM, when he spied movement off the highway in a ravine dotted with trees. It was a huge 170-class buck hazing a doe. The doe eventually laid down and the buck stood guard. They were about 300 yards off a busy highway…at lunch time! Unfortunately, they were on land my friend could not hunt, so he just watched. Painful!
Daytime Movement:** Ten days ago the only time worth hunting was the first and last hour of the day. Not any more. Bucks could pop out at any hour as they search for does and temperatures start to drop. The heated pre-rut is in full swing. Today (Nov. 12) a major snow storm slammed in to New Mexico, North Texas and Oklahoma. That nasty, cold weather will have deer keyed in on food sources like agriculture and corn feeders big time. Check out the accompanying photo (taken before the snow storm) of a trail that leads to a wheat field. There are no cattle in that pasture so all those tracks are from deer and hogs. Wow!