The Scrapes of Summer

Summer_scrape_2 Okay guys, this is a new one on me. I was walking a field edge on my property over the weekend to check on some recently planted fruit trees and came upon a honest-to-goodness fresh scrape—or at least something that looked like a fresh scrape complete with licking branch. Here's a photo and if you look hard enough you can actually see a smallish deer track in the upper left quadrant of the pawed ground. I pretty much know the property like the back of my hand and am certain that this is not a leftover from last fall. Would love to hear some feedback from fellow BBZ'ers on whether you've seen similar off-season deer sign.—Gerry Bethge