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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 www.GamekeepersClub.com 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.

 

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