Late October Bucks

The white-tail bucks that I’m familiar with are still showing pre-rut behavior. That is, they’re feeding heavily, often in darkness.

We’re still a couple of weeks away from the prime November rut, a time when deer and deer sign become prominent throughout the day and night and breeding males can lose 25% of their weight chasing and guarding does .

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

6 thoughts on “Late October Bucks

  1. Great photos Nick. We are in the same place here. Bucks are just starting to show interest. Hope you have lots of opportunities to get out and take photos of the deer when things heat up.

  2. Same here in Oklahoma… it’s just on the cusp of the chasing activity. We are very fortunate to see a lot of activity here. I need to be out there with my camera as soon as it starts! 🙂

  3. Great background detail in the shots and narrative. Do those antlers grow longer and into wielding weapons? A challenging time staking out territory and protecting does! That’s a significant weight loss.

    • Thanks. All of the bucks that I’ve photographed to date are yearlings, weighing about 130 lbs. field dressed and sporting their first set of antlers. Should they live another few years, to maturity, they will carry twice the weight and have formidable antler mass (shed and regrown annually). They spar a lot in late summer and early fall, establishing a dominance hierarchy in the process. So, the antlers function more as intimidation and dominance than as life and death weapons. Regarding the weight loss, they don’t eat much and run themselves ragged in the rut. I once saw a buck laying flat out in the woods during peak rut. I thought he was dead – killed by a car, maybe an arrow. Turns out he was simply exhausted after a rough night out!!!

  4. Gotta watch them rough nights out! We seem to have such an explosion of blacktail deer around here that they’ve become a real nuisance. They were extremely destructive when I lived in the boonies. Now I’m in town with a 6 ft fence around the house, so don’t have as much of a problem. Still, seems like they need to be culled some or bring back the cougars.

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