Big and High rubs

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Big and High rubs

Unread postby Swampthing » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:04 pm

Dan had mentioned in another post about belly high rubs being from an old mature deer. I found a couple last weekend that give me some hope .
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Just south of this point where I found these rubs is a beaver dam.Looks like the buck is traveling along the dam ,to his bedding area.I never actually found his bed,but will go back for another look tommorrow.
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This pic is looking back to the big rubs.


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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby Mountain Man » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:16 pm

Nice. Let us know if you find any more pieces to that puzzle.
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby PLB » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:39 pm

You're definately doing your homework Swampthing ;) Looks like BEAST territory to me! ;)
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby PredatorTC » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:25 pm

Nice!! I did not know this rule about the height of the rubs. I learn something new every day!! Love it!! 8-)
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:30 pm

While there are no hard and fast rules regarding mature whitetails, there certainly are tendencies that I pay attention to. When a rub starts about three feet off the ground or higher, it really starts getting my attention.

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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby dan » Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:13 am

Nice... Let us know if you find the bed. If you can't, post an aerial and I will try and see if I can guess where you should look.
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby chad » Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:16 am

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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby Swampthing » Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:40 pm

I,m gonna try and get back there sun .I,ll try and post that aerial too thanx !
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby adrenalin » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:29 am

I always look at rub height rather than tree diameter. If you can find tracks in the area that usally gives you a good idea of who is making the rubs. Their is a major slob that lives near my house that had broken branches on a rubbed tree just under 6ft off the ground with 5 finger tracks nearbye.
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby Swampthing » Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:47 am

Here's that aerial Dan,it,s not real clear
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby dan » Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:07 pm

Here goes... I would walk the transition line ( marked in bright green )
I would look for beds along that line and also keep an eye out for a small tree or brush in the cattails that might hold a bed along that line.... Within the marsh, there seems to be some slightly higher elevations with differing vegetation. I marked them with black circles. I would expect to find your bucks beds in one of these spots... If you get back out there, let us know how I did... Tough map, the colors really blend.
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby Swampthing » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:34 pm

Thank you Dan, I,m printing your map and gettin out there fri or saturday.Yeah that map ain,t the best .I gotta good feeling about this one though.I wish I could get some better resolution maps.
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby dan » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:13 am

Can you post a topo? I would like to see if my black spots are a little higher elevation, and see if I am missing something that shows up on the topo.
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby DEERSLAYER » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:54 am

Swampthing wrote:Thank you Dan, I,m printing your map and gettin out there fri or saturday.Yeah that map ain,t the best .I gotta good feeling about this one though.I wish I could get some better resolution maps.


Swampthing, where have you looked for aerials of the area?
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Re: Big and High rubs

Unread postby Swampthing » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:55 pm

I,ll see if i can get one .I,ll post it as soon as I find one.


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