Scouting – Rubs


Beginning in September, bucks rub in and around feeding and bedding areas. Generally, the bigger the rubs the bigger the bucks that blazed them. Bowhunters should scout for these “core area rubs”. They can be tough to find in the thick foliage, but do the best you can. Hunting in the vicinity of fresh rubs is good strategy because that is where one or two bucks or maybe even a bachelor’s club hangs out.

During the late pre-rut and peak rut, scout for rubs on or near doe trails that connect bedding and feeding spots. You’ll probably find fresh scrapes nearby. Watching a sign-blazed doe trail is a good way to spot a big buck in November.


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