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 Buck Rubs What do they indicate?

 

 
 
Small rubs such as this are made by bucks of all ages. Scattered throughout an area, they mean very little beyond that a buck has traveled through the area. However, in large concentrations, they can often indicate feeding areas or "staging" areas. At times, they may also help fill in the gaps between larger rubs along an older-age buck's travel patterns.















Rubs of this size should begin to peak interest. Rubs on trees the size of a person's wrist usually are made by an older-age buck (a buck at least 2 ½ years old). When appearing in a line (rub line) or in concentrations, these sized rubs can be important in deciphering an older-age buck's travel pattern.
















Large rubs like the one pictured are a sure sign of older-age or even mature bucks. Only Older-age bucks make rubs of this size. Watch for rubbed trees that are "sign-posted" - rerubbed from year to year - indicated by old rub-scars on the tree. Rubs of this size in "clumps" - several rubs together in a small area - indicate the presence of one of three features,

1)
a buck's sanctuary (if they are in thick cover)

2) a deer concentration point (if they are in more open timber),

3) a staging area (if they appear near a common feeding area).

When found in clumps, the rubs indicate that the location is an area frequented by at least one older-age buck. Rubs of this size arranged in a line, as part of a buck's travel corridor, certainly indicate a mature buck (rubs along a rub-line are generally smaller than those that are made in sanctuaries, deer concentration areas or staging areas).


Giant rubs such as these are nearly always made by mature bucks (4 ½+ years old). These sized rubs usually appear in a sanctuary, deer concentration point or staging area. The buck makes them to influence other deer. In essence, these rubs are communication devices. Once established, many deer will interact with the rub, as the rub is acting as a communal scent post or "pheromone wick".
 
     
 

                   

 

 



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