Rub Making: I have not seen a fresh rub yet or heard any friends report them. Bucks I've seen are still in full velvet. Typically, early to mid-September is when whitetails start to shed their velvet. Late September, when bucks are stripping velvet, polishing their antlers, and strengthening neck muscles, is when I find the most rubs. I typically find them on mesquites and cedars.