The study produced miles of videotape, hundreds of deer sightings and some intriguing results. The heaviest pawing and scent marking occurred from October 8 through the first of November. That is not surprising, since those weeks are typically the "pre-rut" in most of the country. Also, there was a secondary scrape-checking phase from November 19 until December 9, especially among bucks 21/2 years of age and older. The latter fact didn't seem to mean much to the scientists, but it means a lot to us hunters (more on this later).