With the deer rut still going on, testosterone is high and the competition between bucks for mating rights is very visible. Sometimes you will see a pair of males sparring head-to-head, other times, one decides it just isn’t worth the fight.
Yesterday these two bucks were closely following a doe, vying for her affection. One of the bucks did not care for the competition and started toward the other but the interloper wanted no part of a battle. He instead opted to run with the first buck chasing after him.
Eventually, the winner decided all was in the clear and returned to his pursuit of the doe. This actually turned out to be successful as they proceeded to mate – an image for another day.