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Re: what makes this mark?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:19 pm

usually elk do this. They often eat aspen bark by scraping it off with their lower teeth.

On a side note... You may be surprised how often you can see evidence of bears trying to climb aspens. Look for obvious claw marks (poked into the tree) and where their claws slide down. Sometimes they get up pretty high!
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Re: what makes this mark?

Postby Mountainspirit » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:21 pm

I'd think it to be a deer rubbing its antlers.
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Re: what makes this mark?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:25 pm

Mountainspirit wrote:I'd think it to be a deer rubbing its antlers.

Deer and elk usually rub antlers on pine trees and the markings look different - not as symmetrical as a when elk peel bark with their teeth off aspens.
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Re: what makes this mark?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:28 pm

Antler rubs (almost always on pines) will usually leave a bit of hair, too. Generally, brown for elk, lighter color (gray or whitish) for deer.
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Re: what makes this mark?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:43 pm

Cool
I see it all the time when I hunt. When you enter a young aspen grove, you might notice old (darkened) markings on aspens at about chest level. Elk eat that stuff all summer. Yum! I guess
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Re: what makes this mark?

Postby winmag4582001 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:52 pm

If it's eye level or higher on aspen or thicker trees it's a moose.
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Re: what makes this mark?

Postby Kojones » Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:56 pm

winmag4582001 wrote:If it's eye level or higher on aspen or thicker trees it's a moose.

Or Sasquatch.

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Re: what makes this mark?

Postby winmag4582001 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:17 pm

Kojones wrote:
winmag4582001 wrote:If it's eye level or higher on aspen or thicker trees it's a moose.

Or Sasquatch.

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