Was glad you brought this thread up. A lot of people have no idea this goes on.
The White Cloud area was a big learning experience for me. Spent all of my school vacations helping out on my grand parents farm that was on M-37, two miles north of W.C.. I had an Uncle that all he did was fish, hunt, and trap. Learned a great many things from from him. Used to fish the White River for Browns and brook trout. Used to float the Muskegon from Croton to Newago. Hunted snow shoes several miles north of W.C.. Great times. Wish my children could have had those experiences.
I'm sure you know what a "scrape" is, but was just wondering, something that large would seem to me to be a fight area. I found one, one year gun hunting. I think it was at a time somewhere in the 60's. It was kind of a circle, twenty ft. accross, and trampled with deer tracks to no end, down to soft earth in a fern covered area in big woods. But I wasn't there to see what you saw. I'm not being critical, just wondering.
Never was into rattling in those years. Did start grunt calling by mouth in the late 70's. That's a whole other great story and memory. Started rattling when hunting in Ill.. One year shot a Pope & Young buck early, then spent the rest of the season video taping rattled in deer. That was a learning experience in itself. I would go to different places, put up a stand and just rattle and video the bucks. I rattled in some 30 deer that year. Some came, as you said, running in, while others, I believe would fight with a tree or bush before they came into the rattle area. Some would even have leafy branches stuck in their antlers. These guys (bigger bucks) would take 15 to 20 min. to come in after I rattled. It was amazing how they could pinpoint the mock fight area. That lead me to wait 1/2 hr. between rattle sessions. There is a lot more I learned, no time to tell it all.
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