As we approach the rut, the ability to read and interpret sign will often separate successful hunters from the less-fortunate. I'm a rub-guy. Big rubs--like the one pictured above--tell me a whole lot of exciting things about the property I'm hunting. First, they mean "big deer"; little bucks will work a rub like this, but they don't start it. Second, rubs are directional, meaning they tell me where a buck was heading before he leaned his head into a tree. This not only gives me a glimpse into feeding/bedding areas, but how the buck travels between them. And finally, the number of rubs I find indicate how often a big guy is using an area….the more I find, the happier I am!