See any buck rubs yet? They should soon start appearing as bucks have lost their velvet and will look to polish their antlers by shredding a tree. Actually, the real reason why bucks rub their antlers on trees is territorial. And yes, most of the time the bigger the rub means it was likely made by a large buck.
Before bucks start rubbing, however, their antlers are coated with a blood-rich velvet covering. It protects and nourishes the developing antlers during the summer months. The following pictures are great examples of what a velvet buck looks like. I wonder how big the rubs will be when these bucks get their antlers on a tree this fall?
The first picture almost looks like a painting with the wildflowers in the background and the purple glow. Barbara Wilson captured the image on July 31 in Hanover Township as the sun was setting.
Rick Pavloski’s trail camera caught this large 8-point on a foggy morning on Game Lands in Luzerne County last September. It likely wasn’t long before this buck’s velvet began to dry and shed.
Alex Gulitus caught these two nice bucks on his trail camera in Luzerne County in early August. Bucks often pair up during the summer months before going their own way in the fall.
Finally, Bobby Jordan Sr. has a trail cam in Wyoming County and he’ll only identify the location as his “secret spot.” After taking a look at this large 9-point from August, it’s easy to understand why Jordan wants to keep this spot to himself.
Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or anything unique? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to firstname.lastname@example.org.