Rubbin’ Racks can be installed at any time. If placed correctly, deer will almost immediately begin using them. However, mid to late summer is the best. It will give many deer the opportunity to mark the branch, and it will also give you the opportunity to pattern a buck for an early season opportunity.
Underneath a well used licking branch will be a scrape. During the rut, bucks will actively paw the ground under an active licking branch. The bucks and does will use this scrape to leave their scent. The scent contains their calling card, establishes dominance, and and allows does to communicate to other deer what stage of the estrogen cycle they are at.