Scrape hunting is my favorite. You are trying to pattern this particular buck before he patterns you. I plant food plots and put out corn to keep the does around. But on scrape hunting you know its a buck. If I'm lucky I've caught him somewhere on a trail camera. I don't climb much anymore but I use ladders and ground blinds. In north La. 1st peak scraping starts around 2nd week in Oct. 1st rut starts about 2nd week in Nov. My favorite time of year.