Rut Reporter Rich Landers, a native Montanan and life-long hunter, is the outdoors editor for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He has written several books about the western outdoors and has hunted whitetails all his life. States covered: WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, CO.
Nov. 17: The photo above helps confirm the potential of monitoring active scrapes as they gain a following of deer through the rut progression. I positioned the remote camera on a rub and fresh scrape at the beginning of November (no food or artificial scent involved) and within 24 hours I photographed a doe visiting the site as shown in my Nov. 4 blog post. I’d seen buck activity at the site and finally the camera captured the small buck above visiting the exact spot two weeks later. Sign indicates a bigger buck is in the vicinity, too.