It only takes me a second to process what I am seeing these days in the woods...it's rut time! When antlers are being brushed against the trees to de-velvet them, I know the bucks are on the prowl for a mate.
A few days after I saw the tree above, a buck popped out of the woods behind our house announcing his presence to the females munching on the berries of our trees.
The next day, Winston and I went on the hunt to find the stud. I am not scared of deer, as some people can be, but I do have a healthy respect for hormones and understand how single minded nature can get when trying to survive.
|10 point Buck...|
|...one of his harem!|
Winston and I did find the buck a few wooded blocks away from our backyard. He was hanging out with six or seven does. We did keep a safe distance away! You know I'll be looking for fawns next Memorial Day! :)