Subscribe Now!
BY Todd Amenrud on Sep. 26, 2016

Understanding Whitetail Rubs

One of the marks of an adult buck, the appropriately named "rub," is one of the best scouting aids a hunter has to learn about a buck’s habits. Sure we have trail cameras now-days, but a hunter should still learn to read physical sign like rubs, scrapes, tracks, etc. During late-summer very increased amounts of testosterone start flowing through a buck’s body. Blood stops flowing to the antlers, his “bone-crown” hardens, the antler velvet dries and around this time they will begin making rubs. “Why do bucks make rubs?" A few years ago I read a piece that said there were several reasons why - one reason bucks make rubs is to remove antler velvet, another was to build up neck muscles. I don’t believe either is true. The fact that they’re rubbing may aid in detaching some of the velvet, and it’s obvious this 8 act helps to build up those majestic looking, “linebacker-like” necks we see, but I don’t believe they rub solely to accomplish velvet removal or for a good workout. I don’t think either is its own classification of rub; it’s simply the buck testing out their new antlers and marking the area with a signpost. Velvet falls off, is eaten off by birds and other deer, scuffed off from sparing and numerous other incidental reasons.


To read the full article and get access to all of The GameKeepers content you must be a GameKeepers Club Member. Benefits include:

Become A GameKeepers Member Now

Already A Member? Sign In to read the rest of this article.


Join The Conversation Below

We welcome relevant, respectful comments below. Please read our Community Guidlines.
Please log in to post comments


Magazine Archive

Please select the desired magazine below.

Connect With GameKeepers


Connect With GameKeepers

GameKeepers Farming for Wildlife