No need to watch Discovery Channel or Animal Planet to catch one of Mother Nature’s most exciting shows.
If you listen closely and quietly in the November woods, you may hear the sounds of battle!
November means deer season for hunters and breeding season for White-tailed deer—also known as “the rut”. Adult males, bucks, will find a territory and stake it out. They will defend it from other bucks while trying to attract female deer—does.
To mark the boundaries of their turf, bucks make “scrapes” on the ground. They secrete special hormones to warn bucks to stay away and attract interested does—who will leave behind their own chemical calling cards.
Sometimes the competition gets so intense that bucks square off in an antler-to-antler dual. They fight by jousting with their antlers and sometimes you can hear the clashing echo through the autumn woods.
Want more deer details? Check out the MDC Field Guide.