Something sure got this big boy’s attention and his nose wanted to investigate. This mule deer buck was hanging out with a few does but also with a couple competitors nearby.
Ungulates like elk and deer and some other mammals do what is called the flehmen response. They lift their lips and open their mouths to take in more of a scent, just as you or I do when taking a big whiff of something.
I don’t know if this guy was smelling the ladies or perhaps it was because I didn’t shower that morning before venturing out. 😀