I have tons of basswood on my farm, thanks Daver, I'll give it a try!
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Interesting note on the Basswood trees. I know we have them in Lincoln as ornamentals, but I had to do a little research to see if they were native to Nebraska. I guess they are along the eastern border along the Missouri River, but probably not in my area. I wish they were because this is the second year I have done this and have had great success. A friend of mine from northeast NE exclusively uses 4x4 cedar posts from Menards to inventory the bucks on his property. In a presentation he gave on scouting two years ago at the Nebraska Bowhunters Association banquet, he showed how these become perennial sign post rubs, sort of like fire hydrants for dogs. When they wear thin or break off he plants a new one in the ground. Thanks for the info!
A little more info on the basswood trees...several years ago on my farm I noticed that there were a few trees that got shredded every year and at least one of them was in a very hard to reach spot. I found this peculiar, so I suspected that there was something about that tree that drew the bucks every year. The tree was about 2/3 the way up a very steep creek bank. A buck would have to be part billy goat to rub on it since it was on such a steep side hill, but rub it they did...every year, with a vengeance.
I later looked at the tree while it was still leafed out and determined it was a basswood tree. And then I doubled back and looked at some of the other perennial rub trees and found that several of them were also basswoods. Most of these basswoods were near creek beds FWIW. Note, small to medium sized cedar trees were #2 on the perennial rub list.
So now, I look for basswoods and pretty much can count on them getting rubbed every year.
This past spring I was on a farm tour with a group of hunters that included a professional forester with a degree from ISU. We came up on a clump of basswood trees and every one of them was shredded and the host explained to us that this area was torn up with rubs every year. A couple of us talked amongst ourselves briefly and it turns out that each of us had observed the "basswood phenomenon".