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Amateur naturalists love late fall November 12, 2011 Maine

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Amateur naturalists love late fallNovember 12, 2011 Maine, Kennebec Journal

... deer signs such as heart-shaped tracks, buck rubs ... and scrapes in soft earth. Using their front feet, bucks scrape leaves or moss away and make 3-foot circles beneath chest-high conifer boughs ... Then, to attract breeding does, they urinate in the freshly exposed soil and rub facial glands on the above limb. ... Predators know deer visit scrapes, a very vulnerable spot, so bucks dig them within sight of dense thickets that lie downwind to prevailing winds. Deer then use the cover to sneak toward this breeding-information board, and in the process, they smell, listen or watch for predators... 

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