Scrapes, rubs provide communication information for both deer, hunter November 11, 2012 New York

New York Population Deer Population and Management News Archive

... A scrape is an area that a buck paws up with his hooves to remove leaves and grass so that only bare ground shows.... the buck will rub the branch with his forehead and lick the branch in order to deposit his scent and to communicate his presence to other deer in the area... Wildlife biologists believe that scrapes allow bucks with overlapping areas to monitor one another especially in light of their social rank ...

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