Early September Rubs And How To Hunt Them

Goodbye August, Hello September.

There’s a crispness to the air, days are getting shorter, and college football kicks off this weekend. Fall is truly right around the corner, and with fall comes hunting season! Some states archery seasons have already begun but a lot of us are still waiting for late September or October 1st for our archery seasons to get underway.

If you run trail cameras on your property, you have probably heard that it’s time to move your cameras to locations that heat up after “the shift”. WiredToHunt.com has a great post about doing just that. What I want to share with you is an observation you can make while moving those cameras which might lead you to early season success on your hunting property.

I first heard about this strategy last year while listening to a podcast which featured a very successful Michigan bowhunter by the name of John Eberhart. Eberhart talks about analyzing your trail camera pictures during the first week of September and watching for a scenario where a shooter buck has shed his velvet but most of the other bucks have not.


If you have this situation occurring on your cameras, it’d be wise of you to immediately scour your hunting property for the first fresh rubs of the season. Chances are those rubs were made by that hard antlered buck. You can now key in on his travel patterns and potentially figure out where he is bedding. You’ll have a good chance of being able to set up in that bucks core area and hopefully have an encounter with him during your first hunt or two.


I looked for this scenario last year and it didn’t pan out for me but you can bet that I will be checking my cameras over the this holiday weekend in hopes of finding a mature hard antlered buck!

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