Needed for Installation:
- 9 Screws (included)
- Hand Saw
- Screw Driver or Battery Drill, and optional Hammer
1 Locate a wood pole about 6’ long and 3-8” in diameter. Attach the pole to the “t” shaped Rubbin’ Rack with 3 screws. Stand on, and push or drive the Rubbin’ Rack into the ground.
2 Find a branch about 4-6’ long of the species listed below. Screw the branch to the licking branch holder. Screw the branch and licking branch holder to the pole so that a branch is created about 5’off the ground, with at least one branch that hangs down.
It’s very important that there is a branch that hangs or arches down. A deer wants to place their nose up and reach up to touch the branch. A branch that’s pointing up or nearly horizontal won’t be used as much, or at all, compared to a branch that’s hanging down. The key to creating a naturally and maintenance free licking branch, is with a branch with limbs that hang down.
3 Place the branch in a small clearing, along a field edge or in a field. Deer have a tremendous desire to leave their scent, so a branch placed in a clear area or field will draw them simply by being there. After the branch is placed, stay away from it. The deer will visit naturally and leave scent on the post and branch from their preorbital (lower corner of the eye), forehead, and nasal glands. By pawing the ground, they leave scent from their Metatarsal (lower hind legs), Interdigital (between toes), and Tarsal (hocks on hind legs).
- Make the post as big as 6-8” in diameter. The weight of the larger size post will help keep the branch in the ground when bigger bucks start gouging with their brow tines.
- Licking branches must be tough. Use oak, long needled pine, hickory, maple or apple wood for the licking branch. An aggressive buck in mid- to late-October will destroy a branch that’s thin or weak. A birch branch makes an excellent licking branch, but often breaks easily.
- Use branches about 3-4” in diameter at the trunk. Deer especially like long-needled pines for the branches. The needles are soft, and there are many places to leave their scent. The pole and branch don’t have to be the same species or be naturally occurring on the property. You can cut an attractive branch from home and install by your stand.
- Oak, Pine, Birch, Hickory, Apple and Maple all make excellent posts.