Rub Making: Everyone I've talked to in North Texas and the Panhandle has reported whitetail bucks are hard-horned, either seen in person or on scouting cameras. That said, the opposite is true of mule deer. All the mule deer bucks I've seen in the Panhandle are still in full velvet. I found several fresh rubs this weekend in deer country, including the one in the photo on a mesquite tree. Throughout the south central region, mesquites are one of the most popular trees for whitetails to rub on.