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Horizontal Rubs #7732423 01/29/20 09:00 PM
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This next year I am wanting to try out some new things that I have seen and one is setting horizontal rubs. From the videos I see on YouTube about setting them up they are always using trees that are not common in west Texas. So I am just looking for tips and recommendations from someone that has set up a horizontal rub. I hunt in the Comanche country area and I am just think I bury a few mesquite tree stumps and cut down some large cedar branches as the the horizontal part. I have no clue for the the licking stick, the videos online use a grape vine but I don;t know where I would get that. so I am up for suggestions there.

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Use what the bucks are already rubbing on in your area. I use small aircraft cable to tie the pole to two trees about 5-6 feet apart.

Re: Horizontal Rubs [Re: Jlambe] #7734165 01/31/20 02:29 PM
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Never heard of anything like that. Color me skeptical.


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Re: Horizontal Rubs [Re: Erathkid] #7734362 01/31/20 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Erathkid
Never heard of anything like that. Color me skeptical.


Check it out. Many more videos on YouTube.


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They are more popular in states where baiting deer is unlawful. They sure like all the ones I've put up.

Re: Horizontal Rubs [Re: Jlambe] #7734826 02/01/20 03:39 AM
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Well you learn something every day. Huh.


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Re: Horizontal Rubs [Re: Jlambe] #7735056 02/01/20 04:00 PM
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I first found horizontal rubs back in the early 90's on a ranch in the Hill Country. I found them on trees(cedar or oaks) that we had trimmed or cleared and stack into piles to burn later. The bucks would pick one of the larger limbs off of a tree that was at the right height, to work on. I also found some on horizontal tree limbs around protein or spin feeders where there was a lot of buck activity. I still find them today around my place here, just not as many as on other ranches. Many videos are out there showing how to make one. I have seen them done with just a cedar post or square post in the ground around a feeder or in a food plot. You can just cut a cedar tree down close to a food source and trim back a horizontal limb to where deer can get to it easier. It seems to me that a horizontal limb of the right size and that was springy to offer some resistance/give was the key. Here are few pics of some I have seen on ranches I managed.
First one is of a down cedar tree limb.
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This one was a cedar that was pushed over.
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This was a live oak that had a horizontal limb they work on as well as the rest of the tree.
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The last one was a man made one with a round post that was put in at the corner of a food plot. The post was used to support an electric fence charger when the food plot was electric fenced off to protect it from deer. Over a 10 yr period the bucks wore it down till it finally broke.
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Coulda sworn I knew everything,,,,,,,lol,, Thats new to me.

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Alright thanks, I will just use the wood I have around the property. I read that deer prefer trees that have a strong odor for the one they rub which I believe that is why the recommend cedar branches.

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Do some experiments. Put up native species as well as a cedar or other evergreen if you can find it.

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Originally Posted by Jlambe
Alright thanks, I will just use the wood I have around the property. I read that deer prefer trees that have a strong odor for the one they rub which I believe that is why the recommend cedar branches.

Look around your place at what they are rubbing on now and use those. Putting them around a feeder or food plot where deer are active is key. Find the area downwind where they are staging to come into the feeder and put one or two out.


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Alright thanks, I will just use the wood I have around the property. I read that deer prefer trees that have a strong odor for the one they rub which I believe that is why the recommend cedar branches.

Look around your place at what they are rubbing on now and use those. Putting them around a feeder or food plot where deer are active is key. Find the area downwind where they are staging to come into the feeder and put one or two out.


Yeah I am going to put some in our food plots and probably in a few draws where they cross to see if it changes anything or they even use it. A few of our flood plots already have pretty scrapes on the ground so I was thinking some where close to those


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Do some experiments. Put up native species as well as a cedar or other evergreen if you can find it.
I may try that too but I really think they just rub on the mesquite trees and small cedar trees. I am looking to put 5-6 of these out to see what happens.

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If you have Shin Oak on your place, use that, 3-4" in diameter.

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Originally Posted by Woj
If you have Shin Oak on your place, use that, 3-4" in diameter.



I'll have to look into that tree and see what it looks like. I have 1600 acres to browse around on.

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Originally Posted by Jlambe
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If you have Shin Oak on your place, use that, 3-4" in diameter.



I'll have to look into that tree and see what it looks like. I have 1600 acres to browse around on.

Look for Bumelia tree(Sweet Gum) also. Once bucks rub off the outer bark layer it exposes the inner bark layer with is orange to tan brown color. The bucks really like to rub or sign post rub on them in the Hill Country areas.


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Originally Posted by stxranchman
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If you have Shin Oak on your place, use that, 3-4" in diameter.



I'll have to look into that tree and see what it looks like. I have 1600 acres to browse around on.

Look for Bumelia tree(Sweet Gum) also. Once bucks rub off the outer bark layer it exposes the inner bark layer with is orange to tan brown color. The bucks really like to rub or sign post rub on them in the Hill Country areas.


We have a ton of them on our place in N Tex but never seen a rub on them. Just mesquites. Thorns are something else! Maybe I can start a rub for them on one.

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If you have Shin Oak on your place, use that, 3-4" in diameter.



I'll have to look into that tree and see what it looks like. I have 1600 acres to browse around on.

Look for Bumelia tree(Sweet Gum) also. Once bucks rub off the outer bark layer it exposes the inner bark layer with is orange to tan brown color. The bucks really like to rub or sign post rub on them in the Hill Country areas.


We have a ton of them on our place in N Tex but never seen a rub on them. Just mesquites. Thorns are something else! Maybe I can start a rub for them on one.

On this ranch they used them as sign post rubs along travel corridors or around bedding areas. Most were on trees a bit smaller than this one in this photo of one of the larger from 94 or 95.
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That is pretty wild to see a tree that big rubbed on. I have never seen that on our property but I am not saying there isn't one. I will say most of the trees that are rubbed on our mesquite trees and a few cedars.

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gum bumelia is a very different species than a sweet gum in East Texas.

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