What Time Of Year Do Bucks Rub?

What does a buck rub on a tree mean?

Before and during the rut, bucks rub trees to mark their territory, work off aggression, and intimidate other bucks.

A series of rubs made along a trail or field edge are called rub lines, and provide clues about a buck’s travel patterns.

Buck rubs also serve as dominance symbols and communication signposts..

Should I hunt a rub line?

But one rub doesn’t make for a good hunting area. Rub lines are better, not only because they’ll show a concentration of sign, but because they’ll give you a clear direction that your target buck likes to travel.

Is it better to hunt scrapes or rubs?

Although scrapes can attract deer and influence their behavior, rubs are a much more effective signpost for deer. As noted by such experts as John J. Ozoga, bucks make rubs to show dominance. That’s why mature bucks usually make the most and biggest rubs each season.

Where do big whitetail bucks hide?

Look for thickets, steep hillsides, deep draws, little swamps—out-of-the way spots where old boys might hide. The key to hunting one of these places is hidden, quiet access with a favorable wind, so you won’t blow out the bucks. Check your maps and scout further to pin down a good route in and out.

Can you tell how big a buck is by a rub?

You know that bigger bucks tend to rub bigger trees, and you’re probably aware that a buck travels in the direction facing the rubbed side of a tree. But there’s more to be gleaned from a savaged sapling. The right rub can tell you the size of a buck’s rack, whether he has any beauty points, and how to hunt him.

Should I put doe urine in a scrape?

It’s important to be wise with your deer scents in the early whitetail hunting season. … We have found that any fresh deer urine (Estrus, Scrape or Rutting Buck) works very well as a cover scent, but for this time of year stick with scrape or rutting buck urine.

Do bucks rub all year?

In their simplest form “rubs” are places where bucks rub their antlers on trees or shrubs and typically remove some of the bark. Studies by Drs. Larry Marchinton and Karl Miller of the University of Georgia, John Ozoga of Michigan DNR, and others show rubbing remains high throughout the breeding season.

Do bucks bed near rubs?

1. Do Big Rubs Always Mean Big Bucks? According to research I’ve done, the presence of antler rubs on large trees almost always means there’s at least one mature buck in the vicinity. This isn’t to say that big bucks won’t rub small trees—they absolutely will.

What kind of trees do deer like to rub?

Staghorn sumac, red maple, black cherry, balsam fir, pines and willows are also frequently rubbed, whereas sugar maple, ironwood, beech and paper birch are usually avoided. All bucks occasionally rub saplings less than two inches in diameter, but only older bucks regularly rub trees six or more inches in diameter.

How often will a buck check a scrape?

Bucks often make fewer new scrapes per week, but concentrate more on specific scrapes (the traditional scrapes mentioned above) in the 1-2 weeks prior to peak breeding, and then, once peak breeding begins, they often scrape very little; ’cause they are too busy with does.