When looking for a Buck's bedding area, there's a difference between finding rubs and scrapes of their territory, and finding rubs and scrapes of their bedding area.
As we all know, Bucks like to deposit their scent in their area. To do that, they lick the overhanging limbs where they rub. They will also rub the limbs with their forehead to deposit a secretion from their glands.
To further distribute their scent, bucks will paw the ground and make an opening of about 3 to 4 feet. Then, they will urinate in the scrape.
To find out the difference between rubs and scrapes of their territory vs. their bedding, look here: (P. K. Jacobson's Deer Hunting Secrets)
A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter
Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.
Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.