3 comments on “What’s the Rub?

  1. This is a great story! And that deer photo caught my attention – you’ve got a real photographer’s eye, Derek! So what compels male deer to do this? Is it instinct? Are they trying to pass on their scent to females? Or, just like a velour leisure suit can become uncomfortable after 18 hours of wear, does the velvet get itchy for them?

  2. Christie-
    The velvet is actually a layer of skin with specialized hairs and a rich supply of blood. When day lengths shorten in late summer, the blood supply shuts off, and antlers become hard bone. The velvet dries up and the buck rubs his antlers to get rid of the dried skin, sort of like someone ditching a leisure suit after it has worn out its usefulness. – Derek

  3. You should use DeerPro Winter Animal Repellent to stop this kind of damage to your trees and shrubs. One spray will last all winter.

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