Today while reading the most recent issue of Quality Whitetails from the QDMA, I ran across an amazing little tid bit of information. I have to credit Kip Adams and his article “Got Rut?” for this information, but I just had to share this with you. According to a study done by Dr. Karl Miller, a renowned deer researcher, one mature buck can make 1,000 to 1,200 rubs per year!
That was a 1 with three zeros after it. 1,000 or 1,200, either way that’s a lot of rubs! If you average that out over a 90 day period of rubbing, thats 10-15 rubs a day. Given these numbers, the study reported that with a balanced deer herd you could expect about 3,000 rubs per square mile.
If you aren’t seeing these kinds of rub numbers, a young buck age structure could be to blame. Supposedly yearling bucks make only about half as many rubs as a mature deer, so the total number per square mile would be expected to be closer to 400-500.
I’ve certainly never searched an entire square mile for rubs and kept track, but none-the-less this number is really surprising to me! I had no idea a buck would make so many rubs! So there you have it, you’re random whitetail trivia fact for the day. Make sure to use this at deer camp next time to win a bet.