Cool Front Bucks

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Nothing like a little cool early November weather to get the Whitetail deer moving. Richard Moore takes us out into the ranch country where the bucks are feeling frisky.

The cool front that rolled in recently has the bucks on the prowl. Their necks are beginning to swell, and they are ready to rumble.

You can find a mature bruiser aggressively hooking the brush and thrashing a mesquite limb. He is marking his territory, letting the other bucks know that he’s a formidable opponent ready to take on any rival. Judging from the thorough beating he’s administering to the mesquite it seems to indicate he really means business.

Throughout the ranch country, brush is being torn up by testosterone driven bucks. Soon the winter rut will begin, and instead of fighting mesquite branches, South Texas bucks will be battling one another for does and dominance.
But for now, it is still a little early for serious conflict, and for the most part aggression is limited to thrashing branches as they reach high into mesquite trees to create signposts by scarring limbs and leaving scent.
This handsome 16-point buck stretches high into a mesquite. He is content for now to work the limbs and let other bucks know that this is his territory.  
Nearby, a young buck watches the action. He has apparently gotten a little too frisky sparring with the brush or his peers and has damaged his antlers. One side has been broken at the base and dangles irritatingly causing the youngster to shake his head repeatedly.
When the sun breaks out for a moment, the 16-point pauses in the warmth, his antlers gleaming. Then he slowly ambles off into the cloaking brush.

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