But rubs aren't the only way these lovesick bucks try to attract mates.
Bucks also make “scrapes” (as shown in this next picture) by pawing through the leaves, to leave their scent. and where doe can later also leave their scent to let the buck know they are in the same area.
Sometimes, hunter might confuse a turkey scratching (as turkeys also move the leaves in search of food) for a buck rub.
One good way to know the difference between a deer scrape and a turkey scratch is to look for the “browse twig” (in the picture to the right, this browse twig was just above the scrape in the proceeding picture). This is where the buck has chewed a twig to leave his scent, which means there will be an overhanging branch nearby the scrape.
Note: you can often make out the deer tracks in the scrape as well to help differentiate a turkey scratch from a deer scrape.
Admittedly, this season, I was a little nervous about deer hunting prospects as I didn't see any scrapes (nor rubs), but seemingly overnight, dozens of buck rubs and scrapes appeared on our property--so the bucks got busy real fast!
I guess you could say I was a bit fearful 2020 was going to rub me the wrong way, but I scraped by. (Yes, even I groaned at that one.)