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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Juvenile bucks fighting at this time of year?

This week I have seen juvenile bucks fighting every day but one. The last 3 days, it's morning and night. I've seen one of them with a closed eye from it, I've videoed it, and I've even seen them picking eachother off the ground. Some fights were 20 minutes or more. Some fights were with 3, 4 bucks, just trading partners while the others went back to feeding. Not just spar, play fighting, but throw down, I'm gonna kick your butt fighting. Like, "ouch, that's gotta hurt" fighting, esp since they are babies they don't have lots of tines to get "locked up" and hence they don't reach the face to do damage.

Bucks fighting is nothing new, but at this time of year and with this frequency? I've never seen, or heard of anything like it. The Rut, is largely over, but with still a few does to breed, however this seems to mean something more than I understand. I kept watching breathlessly to see a bruiser come in and lay down the law but nothing but 1.5 year old bucks and misc does/fawns.

Of note, I have seen NO big bucks since rifle season began, and the camera stuff dried up completely just prior to rifle season.

tonight, 2 of the little guys were clankin just at dark and a doe appeared (I studied her hard to make sure it wasn't a shed antler buck) and the buck actually sparred with her and she did it back for just a short while, then they made nice...with other small bucks watching.

Summary, why all the fighting at this time of year by baby bucks?

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They want to be like daddy.Or they are havin a my daddy can whoop your daddy scrap.
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Re: Juvenile bucks fighting at this time of year?

If this was Oct 17th, I wouldn't be surprised, but near Dec 1 I find it strange to see on a daily basis. I must mean something about the local deer herd or something. I really want to figure out what this means. It's more than a shoulder shrug.

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In this part of 3D the second rut is starting to kick in. should be a good second week.
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Re: Juvenile bucks fighting at this time of year?

Could mean that they know there is no dominant buck in the area any longer, and they are fighting to establish who is now the dominant buck.

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Re: Juvenile bucks fighting at this time of year?

The rut is a bell shaped curve, there are still doe out there that are getting bred.
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Re: Juvenile bucks fighting at this time of year?

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Could mean that they know there is no dominant buck in the area any longer, and they are fighting to establish who is now the dominant buck.
That's what I'm thinking. Not that the dominants are dead, because none were killed here (that I know of, I talk to the neighbors), but they have moved to safer areas.

It does make sense. I just wonder if the big ones will move back into their original haunts on the second week with fewer hunters out during the week.

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