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Page 2C September 18, 2019 . , orter MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson I* Athside from tracks, two of Most of the deer rubs I have the most visible signs found are made on saplings. at indicate the pres- However, rubs have been found nce of deer are rubs on trees measuring well more and scrapes. Whenever hunters find them they face the quan- dary of having to decide whether or not they should spend their valuable hunting time sitting in a tree stand overlooking a scrape or rub in hopes of bagging a trophy buck. Recently published research on the white-tailed deer's use of scrapes and rubs may help you decide what todo. However, before we dive into that subject, let's take a look at what consti- tutes a scrape and a rub. TERRY W. White-tailed deer bucks use scrapes and rubs to advertise their presence to other deer. Rubs are made on the trunks of varying sized trees. Although bucks rub a number of different kinds of trees, locally red cedar is one of the trees most commonly rubbed. Bucks make rubs by rubbing their antlers against the trunk of a tree. This activity scrapes away the bark from the spot rubbed. Although a buck might at first rub a tree in an attempt to rid his antlers of velvet, thereafter he leaves behind a message written in chemicals known as phero- mones that tell other whitetails he is roaming this neck of the woods. While does rub their foreheads against small trees, as well as actually smell and lick rubs made by bucks, their rubbing does not leave a mark that could be mis- construed as a buck rub. than a foot in diameter. As a rule, young bucks rub small trees. Such is not the case with mature bucks as they rub the trunks of both large and slight trees. Back in the day, it was popularly believed that each rub was made by a single buck. Nowa- days we know this is not true. Many bucks can leave rubs in the same wooded area. Although mature bucks are known to leave 50 percent more rubs than young bucks. Researchers have leamed a single mature buck might make up to 1,200 rubs per year. This amounts to a JOHNSON buckmaking 10-15 rubs per day during the time of the year they are engaged in this activity. It is not uncommon to find anywhere from 400 to 3,000 rubs per square mile. Scrapes are made on the ground typically beneath an overhang- ing branch. Such scrapes are sometimes referred to as primary rubs. A rub found well away from a tree is called a secondary rub. Bucks create secondary rubs in spots where they find does have urinated. Scrapes are made by bucks pawing away the vegetation down to the bare ground. They range in size anywhere from the size of a flattened basketball to the size of the bed of a short bed pickup truck. Additionally, a buck will hook the branches shrouding the scrape and even crush the leaves growing at the tip of the branch. As a general rule, larger bucks will hook branches higher 9 ) . I White-tailed deer bucks use scrapes and rubs to advertise their presence to other deer. One mature buck may make up to 1,200 rubs per year. (Photo/Terry Johnson) . from the ground than younger bucks. The buck leaves a trail of chemicals on the foliage growing on the branch as well as on bare soil. Interestingly both mature and young bucks sometimes use the same scrape. Bucks make it a habit to visit a scrape whenever they happen by. A series of scrapes found along a deer trail is called a scrape line. Along such a line, scrapes are often spaced anywhere from 60 to 100 yards apart. A mature buck often makes 85 percent more scrapes than a young buck. In a white-tailed deer study conducted in New York, biologists found that during the two weeks immediate- ly prior to the peak of the breed- ing season mature bucks averaged making 6-12 scrapes per hour. are good indicators of whether or Knowing when deer are active not adult bucks are roaming your around scrapes can be helpful hunting lands. The very best deer '" in deciding when you should hunters know that while an un- !: focus your hunting around scrapes. With that in mind, I should mention deer researchers have discovered bucks most often visit scrapes after the sun goes down. Perhaps this helps explain why in past years you have spent many a long hour sitting in a tree stand awaiting the arrival of a buck only to go home without seeing a deer. As for rubs, ifyou like to hunt near them; do so early in the sea- son. This is because most rubbing activity wanes significantly as the season goes on. The bottom line is the presence or absence of rubs and scrapes derstanding of scrapes and rubs is important, there is no substitute " for spending a lot of time scout- ing yo hunting 1 figur "-Z ur ands to e : out the movement patterns and -.: habitats being used by whitetails :-.i throughout the entire season. ~.= Terry Johnson is retired Program i: Manager of the Georgia Nongame- Endangered Wildlife Program. , He has written the informative column 'Monroe Outdoors'for the : Reporter for many years. His book, Journey to Discovery" is avail- i able at The Reporter. Email him at : , By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons varsity girls cross country team placed eighth out of 17 teams at the Greyhound Invitational at Jones County High School in Gray on Saturday. The Lady Dogs finished with 187 points as the home Lady Greyhounds easily captured the varsity girls title with 64 points. Pike County came in a distant second with 119 points followed by Heritage in third place with 124 points. Katherine Earwood of Evans was the varsity girls individual champion with a Caldwell Teterinary Hospital, LLC 951 Butler Caldwell, DVM Hwy 41 South Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-8228 www.caldwellvet.coln Preventative Medicine including vaccines, flea,tick and heartworm medications. Comprehensive medical management, including diabetes and heart disease Surgery. Boarding Veterlna~/~lle~e Car + Home = See me for Car and ltome Insurance and save. $tateFarm LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, STATE FARM IS THERE. Providing Insurance and Financial Services '4 cross time of 18 minutes, 31 sec- onds, beating her teammate Madison Kennedy, who placed second with a time of 19 minutes, 7 seconds, by about 36 seconds. Maradeth Leverett posted MP'S top individual time of 21 minutes, 13 seconds to place fifth overall out of 124 total girls varsity runners. Other MP varsity girls runners who recorded counting times included: Sarah Boyer, who placed 13th with a time of 22 minutes, 29 seconds, Genna Hallman, who placed 61st with a time of 26 minutes, 21 seconds, Stormie Martin, who placed 63rd with a time of 26 minutes, 22 seconds, and Madelyn Causey, who placed 64th with a time of 26 minutes, 30 seconds. One other MP varsity girls runner, Skyler Sandefur, competed on Saturday but did not record a counting time. San&fur placed 79th with a time of 27 minutes, 28 seconds. Other varsity girls squads who competed in Gray on Saturday in order from highest to lowest finish included: Vidalia, Evans, Northside (Columbus), Locust Grove, ACE, Spalding, Warner Robins, Woodland (Stockbridge), John Milledge, Social Circle, Central (Macon), Howard and Putnam County. Meanwhile, MP'S Laura Martin took first place out of 26 total runners in the IV girls individual race in Gray on Saturday with a winning time of 25 minutes, 22 seconds, besting second- place Sanae Hitchcock of Northside (Columbus), who posted a time of 25 minutes, 39 seconds, by 13 seconds. Three other MP IV girls runners competed on Saturday. Emma Barksdale placed seventh with a time of 28 minutes, 21 seconds, Courtney Allen placed 15th with a time of 32 minutes, 20 seconds, and Britney Al- len placed 18th with a time of 32 minutes, 44 seconds. Also, the Monroe County Middle School girls cross country team placed third out of 12 teams at the Grey- hound Invitational in Gray on Saturday. Monroe County posted a team score of 73 as West Laurens took the C-Team girls team title with 48 points. Greenbrier finished one point ahead of Monroe County in second place with 72 points. Oak Hill's Jas- mine Williams captured the C-Team girls individual title with a time of 13 minutes, 7 seconds, narrowly topping second-place Wommack 109DP IRoM apply and rnana account online MP junior Sarah Boyer placed 13th overall out of 124 var-,: sity girls runners at the Greyhound Invitational on Satur- day. (Photo/Will Davis) : : Camryn of Gray Station, who finished with a time of 13 minutes, 9 seconds, by about two seconds. Jessica Goodwin recorded Monroe County's top time of 13 minutes, 40 seconds to place third overall out of 154 C-Team girls runners. Mon- roe County's other counting with a time of 15 minutes, 42 seconds, Ave Hill, who placed 49th with a time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds, Kai- -.: tlynn Whitten, who placed :::" 82nd with a time of 17 min- = utes, 32 seconds, Carson Brown, who placed 88th with a time of 17 minutes, 53 seconds, and Amelia " times were recorded by:Jones, who placed 118th " Alanna Wood, who placed with a time of 19 minutes, fourth with a time of 13 35 seconds. minutes, 52 seconds, Ella Other C-Team girls Hoover, who placed 13th squads who competed in " with a time of 14 min- Gray on Saturday in order utes, 30 seconds, Kadence from highest to lowest finish Brown, who placed 26th included: Oak Hill, Evans, : with a time of 15 minutes, 9 seconds, and Amelia Stone, who placed 33rd with a time of 15 minutes, 27 seconds. Other Monroe County C-Team girls runners who competed on Saturday but failed to record counting times induded: Mary Alice Marks, who placed 39th Gray Station, Locust Grove, ,* ACE, East Laurens, John Milledge, Henderson and Clifton Ridge. ': MP'S girls varsity, IV and " C-Team squads will next compete at the Rock Ranch Invitational in Yatesville at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. ": 26. =