Back Rub Prevention

SavATree offers a new Buck Rub Prevention Service to protect trees during deer mating season, typically referred to as “the rut.” During the fall, you may notice damage on lower tree trunks and branches, particularly on young, ornamental trees such as cherry, pear, and cedar. Bark may be gouged or completely stripped off, which can cause serious damage and stress to trees. In some cases trees will not survive, not only due to injury to bark and cambium, but also because this leaves them vulnerable to disease and a host of other issues. SavATree installs protective fencing to prevent deer from accessing and damaging vulnerable trees.

Back Rub

Beginning in early September, male deer (bucks) testosterone levels will increase as they begin to look for mates. In most areas with deer traffic, the rut can last anywhere from one to three months, depending on location and environmental conditions. The rut typically peaks between late September and mid-November.

At the early part of the rut, bucks will start to rub off the “velvet” or soft coating of tissue that is on their antlers at first (buck rub). They use this as a way of marking territory by leaving a pheromone scent in their local area which promotes mating activity as the antlers harden. Rubbing their heads and antlers on the tree will release the pheromone used to attract mates and will also serve to establish their territory. While they typically choose smaller trees, bigger bucks will tend to rub bigger trees. Deer often prefer softer ornamental trunks and branches to rub on.

We offer services specifically to prevent buck rub damage. If you’re looking to protect your trees, call us today at 1-800-341-8733 or click here to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our fully trained and certified arborists.