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Is there a certain type of tree that deer make rubs on? Thanks!

Question by Hunt-Fish-Live. Uploaded on January 11, 2010

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from huntnow wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

where i hunt in ky they are almost always on cedar trees and when they aren't, they are always on a rough bark tree.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I've seen them on just about every type of tree around here in MI. From pines to maples to magnolias and even on wood fence posts. From my experience, it seems that the softer the bark the better. The more damage they can do, the more they seem to like it.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Her in Georgia they will rub anything! Loblolly Pine, small Oaks, China Berry, Red Cedar and Sweet Gum seem the most prevalent.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

anything and everything here in SD. I've seen 6" trees whittled down to nothing and fenceposts whittled down and broke off.

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from HNT4BIG1 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I really don't think it matters about what type of tree it is. What matters is the location and size of the tree.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

alot of types besides pine trees in my area

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from devins wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

You may also be wondering which types of trees they use at which stage of the rut. There has been a lot of good research going into this. You can find out for your area what the bucks are rubbing for signposts and when. And you can find out what the bucks are using for aggression rubs and for getting their necks built up. And you will also find that big bucks rub on large trees and small trees and shrubs but small bucks rub only smaller trees and shrubs, there again that is relative to where you live. It is an interesting subject but more is being learned all the time.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I'm not sure about the type of tree, but they do make rubs on saplings and smaller trees of that sort.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I have seen more rubs on cedar trees than all of the other trees combined. Where I hunt in Maine, you can count on deer working the cedar over!

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I've always noticed them mostly on pine, cedar, and oak saplings

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

In Kansas just about anything is fair game but Cedar seems to be a high priority.

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

They mostly lean towards soft woods

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from shermanator wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

i have seen them on all sort of trees but alot of the hardwoods and there are very few rubs on cedars here in Nebraska but our trees its very hard to get to the trunk for the deer to rub but i see them almost anywhere

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I'm in Georgia too and they hit everything here. Most of the rubs I see are saplings about an inch or two in diameter. They seem to like to make a pretty thick trail of stripped and broken saplings that they can mark and watch.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I see their rubs on red willows all the time

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from IanS wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I see their rubs on red willows all the time

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from alcoluhuntin wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

just about anything the can get their horns on, but the most popular I find are cedars and small pines

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

In WV the deer like locust trees and oaks,. however I have seen rubs on almost any kind of tree.

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from Arcamedies wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

In Oklahoma I see most rubs on saplings.

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from huntnow wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

where i hunt in ky they are almost always on cedar trees and when they aren't, they are always on a rough bark tree.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I've seen them on just about every type of tree around here in MI. From pines to maples to magnolias and even on wood fence posts. From my experience, it seems that the softer the bark the better. The more damage they can do, the more they seem to like it.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Her in Georgia they will rub anything! Loblolly Pine, small Oaks, China Berry, Red Cedar and Sweet Gum seem the most prevalent.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

anything and everything here in SD. I've seen 6" trees whittled down to nothing and fenceposts whittled down and broke off.

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from HNT4BIG1 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I really don't think it matters about what type of tree it is. What matters is the location and size of the tree.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

alot of types besides pine trees in my area

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from devins wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

You may also be wondering which types of trees they use at which stage of the rut. There has been a lot of good research going into this. You can find out for your area what the bucks are rubbing for signposts and when. And you can find out what the bucks are using for aggression rubs and for getting their necks built up. And you will also find that big bucks rub on large trees and small trees and shrubs but small bucks rub only smaller trees and shrubs, there again that is relative to where you live. It is an interesting subject but more is being learned all the time.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I'm not sure about the type of tree, but they do make rubs on saplings and smaller trees of that sort.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I have seen more rubs on cedar trees than all of the other trees combined. Where I hunt in Maine, you can count on deer working the cedar over!

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I've always noticed them mostly on pine, cedar, and oak saplings

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

In Kansas just about anything is fair game but Cedar seems to be a high priority.

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

They mostly lean towards soft woods

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from shermanator wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

i have seen them on all sort of trees but alot of the hardwoods and there are very few rubs on cedars here in Nebraska but our trees its very hard to get to the trunk for the deer to rub but i see them almost anywhere

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I'm in Georgia too and they hit everything here. Most of the rubs I see are saplings about an inch or two in diameter. They seem to like to make a pretty thick trail of stripped and broken saplings that they can mark and watch.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

In WV the deer like locust trees and oaks,. however I have seen rubs on almost any kind of tree.

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from Arcamedies wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

In Oklahoma I see most rubs on saplings.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I see their rubs on red willows all the time

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from IanS wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I see their rubs on red willows all the time

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from alcoluhuntin wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

just about anything the can get their horns on, but the most popular I find are cedars and small pines

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