In general, the hind legs are close to the forelegs, the back is arched, penis erect or hanging down, and tarsal glands
together and (not always) moistened by urine (Bubenik 1975).
"Bucks, does and fawns carry their scent on their tarsal glands
, and that's why all sexes and age classes rub-urinate throughout the year," he said.
There may be as many as 100 species of bacteria living in the hairs of the tarsal gland
that change ordinary urine into smelly rut chemicals.
Yet another hunter I know, Mickey Baab, saves the tarsal glands
from every whitetail--bucks and does--he and his friends kill.
Clearly the tarsal gland
is used by deer to recognize other deer.
Three are located on the extremities: tarsal glands
on the inner surface of the hind legs (hocks); smaller, metatarsal glands on the outer surface; and interdigital glands between the hooves.
These include Doe "P," Young Buck, Curiosity Scent, Doe in Estrus, Dominant Buck, Tarsal Gland
Lure, Scrape, and Same Doe.
I removed a tarsal gland
and hung it in a tree near my stand.
Code Blue: (Scent elimination, attractor scents, cover scents) Deer urines are collected from a single animal, A broad hoe of attractor scents include doe and buck urines, doe estrus urine and tarsal gland
While processing, it's important to avoid contaminating the meat with the tarsal glands
and the contents of the digestive or waste organs.
The functional significance of these pores is unclear as is the relative contributions of the various tarsal glands
of the nymph (single pores and TAPs) and adult (single pores, TAPs and vTAPs) to the chemical marking ability of individuals.
Finally, to make the setup even more irresistible to cruising bucks, I will hang actual tarsal glands
from bucks I've killed in previous seasons on the overhanging branch as well.