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How long will bucks and does come to a signpost in a staging area?

A signpost is a special type of rub on which bucks and does deposit scent for communication. It is the "social media" of the deer world! Signpost occur in two places, near sanctuary beds and in staging areas. A staging area can be found adjacent to a doe feeding area, and is characterized by numerous rubs and scrapes. Bucks come to staging areas just at dark and stay there all night, leaving well before daylight. The scent on signposts comes from a mixture of forehead gland and tarsal gland chemicals, which can be produced and deposited by bucks and does. This slide show from a trail cam placed looking at a signpost from November 2013 to April 2014 will amaze you, check it out!

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