September 14; Fight Day

Ouch, You’re Yanking My Head Clean Off!

Robert Hoague
Robert Hoague

After bucks shed their velvet they want to engage with other area bucks and show them how tough they are. There are several ways to do this but my favorite is when they spar with other bucks. Sparring is practice fighting but sometimes the fighting practice gets out of hand and the fight gets serious.
One of the coolest early buck fights I’ve ever seen was several years ago on opening day of bow season, the 1st Saturday of October. Two bucks locked horns and it got rough, they were bashing each other. The older buck got his foe off balance and using his antlers, flipped the other buck off his feet and slammed him on the ground, back down, with his white belly up. And promptly gored him brutally.

Back to how things are now, the bucks have been mixing it up this year. This morning several deer shadows took shape where I was watching in a ground blind in my small 60×30 yard food plot. After daylight a buck humped his back up and stiff legged over to another buck.

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He lowered his antlers down to where the other bucks antlers were and he pushed on his antlers as well as his body. As much as anything, the stiff legged buck wants to take over the exact place the other buck was standing. Then they locked horns very briefly and pushed and twisted.

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Abruptly, they stopped and stood looking off into the woods.

whitetail buck pictures by robert hoague

They they went back to the locked horns, push and shove action.

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This time they kept it up for a couple of minutes.

whitetail buck pictures by robert hoague

Again, they stopped and looked around, always being careful not to look directly at the face of the other buck.

whitetail buck pictures by robert hoague

Surprise, a third buck ran up between the two bucks and puffed up his hair to look menacing.

whitetail buck pictures by robert hoague

The smallest buck hurried into the woods, leaving the other two bucks standing there.

whitetail buck pictures by robert hoague

Fifteen minutes later two mature bucks confronted one another and engaged their antlers.

whitetail buck pictures by robert hoague

Check out the racks on these two bucks. They really torqued out putting the pressure on their opponent. This confrontation got loud as their antlers clicked and crashed together.

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More Buck Photos and My Comments coming.

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