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Son and I were out shed hunting and found this rub on a tree. Seemed a bit high off the ground, son is 5'4" for reference. Deer would have to stand on hind legs to reach upper branch.

What say the hive?



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Any loose elk in the area?

Any other rubs in that area that high?

Have you seen anything/deer on camera that could do that?

It does not look like a rub to me.

The bottom limb that is clean of bark, looks like a rabbit ate on it all winter.
 

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I found the news article about the deer that caused that rub... please enjoy...





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Could be bark fell off the dead tree. We will need to see the root ball. And have a proper soil test sent to each member to decifer if said deer left a track. Otherwise we will need to see pictures of your form while taking the shot

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Porcupine? They eat bark and are great climbers.

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Some critter that likes bark ate it, or it's deader than a door nail and it sluffed off with weathering. Definitely not a deer rub though. No tine marks underneath on the hardwood..
 

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Any loose elk in the area?

Any other rubs in that area that high?

Have you seen anything/deer on camera that could do that?

It does not look like a rub to me.

The bottom limb that is clean of bark, looks like a rabbit ate on it all winter.
No Elk. One deer on camera that’s a maybe for reaching that high on hind legs. but haven’t seen him since October. I can dream...

Other rubs in area, not that high.

Your probably right about other critters eating the bark. Tree isn’t dying.

Got my son all excited however and that rubbed off on me ;)


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Porcupine or horses.
 

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Squirrels will strip bark like that. I've watched them do it in my back yard.
 
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