i have noticed that too...Difficult to pattern and are not even fussy on the apples for some reason. Usually they are starting to be a little more regular. Not sure whats up with that.
I found a scrape today just ten yards out from the base of the tree I sit in. Just my luck my trail cami have noticed that too...
not sure why....first time i seen it!
usually i have apples out labor day weekend!
i mean not alot are eaten at first....
i put them out that early and usually alot just to get them coming in regularly without me having to go and top the apples up!i can usually stay away for about a month...no human sent around so when i do get there....they come right to the apples!
seems to work for me!