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Old 11-04-2004, 02:36 PM
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I know that a big buck can rub a little tree but a little buck can't rub a big tree. I was wondering if the size of the scrape can determine the size of the buck. I have been seeing alot of scapes here in Kansas and was just wondering. Thanks
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Old 11-04-2004, 02:39 PM
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the size of the scrape is more associated with frequency of use, the bigger the scrape, the more frequently it is being used and by multiple bucks, good luck
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Old 11-04-2004, 02:49 PM
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I know that a big buck can rub a little tree but a little buck can't rub a big tree. I was wondering if the size of the scrape can determine the size of the buck. I have been seeing alot of scapes here in Kansas and was just wondering. Thanks
Portable ladder hit it on the head with the size of the scrapes. I've seen big deer make a new scrape with only a few strokes from each paw. I've seen little deer start digging to China, but for the most part, a big scrape means you have good buck activity and you can count on more than one buck using the same scrape.

Also, it's a generalization that big racks rub only big trees and little racks only rub little trees. While it is a fairly consistent case, it isn't always true. Both large and small racked bucks will rub sapplings for example. I've seen fairly large deer rub small trees in a scrape area where there are no trees sized between large and small. Or if you have a heavy travel corridor in thick brush areas, the large bucks will rub the daylights out of those little brushy sized trees too.
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Old 11-04-2004, 02:58 PM
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I know that a big buck can rub a little tree but a little buck can't rub a big tree.
I respectfullt disagree with this statement. The height of the rud is a better indication IMO then the size of the tree.

I was wondering if the size of the scrape can determine the size of the buck.
Not neccessarily. PL is right on as far as the scrapes. The best bet of judging a deer size by a scrape is if you can see a track left behind by the animal and then that's not for certain either but can give you a general idea of what's been through. Most sign left by deer will only tell that a deer has been through. The key is to catch them in the act.
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