Rub Making: What a difference a few days can make, which shows why Rut Reporters begins when it does. Westley Marks, owner of Marks Sporting Goods in Cumberland, Maryland, and Randy Bebout, owner of Bebout Archery in Stockport, Ohio, both have heard reports of bucks that have shed their velvet. No rubbing to any great extent has been reported, though some bucks probably have been rubbing. Outdoor writer Steve Carpenteri, in central Maine, has not seen any bucks that have shed their velvet. "Last year I noticed that they lost it all after one good, hard rain," Carpenteri said.