August 31, 2006 - Admin

Early Fall Buck Rubs

Is there a Trophy in your woods? Before your archery deer hunt this fall, a slow walk through your hunting area during late August or September may reveal the signs of a wall hanger. White-tail bucks at this time of the year are trying to lose the velvet from their antlers. These rubs are difficult to find and many hunters ignore going out and locating them this early in the season. There are a couple of good reasons for searching these rubs out.

First, rubs being made this early are usually the largest bucks in your area. Your dominant bucks begin rubbing first and continue to rub throughout the season. By locating these first rubs, he will tell you his pattern for your early archery hunt. Wildlife biologists found that dominant bucks average about 300 rubs per year and up to over 500 rubs per year. Smaller less dominant bucks will usually start rubbing in late October. The smaller bucks have a much slower testosterone level which only starts to excite them when the does come into estrus. This is the reason why your hunting area looks like every small tree in your hunting spot has been run over by a lawnmower with dull blades in early November. In other words, finding buck rubs early on (August through September) may be showing you a true wall hanger.

The second reason for locating these early rubs is; setting up your stand or stands on these rub lines. If you wait until the immediate pre-rut to go out and scout for rubs, you may get a false sense of where the biggest buck has patterned himself. The fewer marked trees of the preseason may actually tell you about an individual buck, allowing you to set your stand before the hunting pressures alter his route. Setting your stand precisely where it is needed early in the season may determine whether you score on the big one. If your archery season begins in October, you should try to set your stands no later than the middle of September. This will allow things to settle down before your opening day of the archery season.

Setting up your stand around early rub lines should be done with good scouting in order to find the path or funnel the buck is using between his bedding ground and his feeding area. By placing your stand too close to the feeding area, it could mean the buck won’t get there in time for daylight shooting hours. Instead, place your stand closer to his bedding area, but not too close, so you don’t disturb his resting area. This will increase your chances of seeing the buck during legal shooting hours.

The early archery deer hunting season could just be your best chance of bagging your best buck ever. A little preseason scouting can make the difference of scoring big or simply struggling through another archery season. Preseason rubs are difficult to find, but when you do find them, your chance of bagging your trophy has just increased immensely! Good Luck and Good Hunting!

The author is Ted Lake. He built and maintains a website? in memory of? his dad Deuaine Lake. This site is all about Archery and Archery Hunting. Ted started hunting when? he was 5 years old. Ted says he has continued the tradition by teaching? both his boys the same respect for the sport of archery. Please feel welcome to visit Ted’s website at

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