June 15, 2009
Summer Buck Battles
By Scott Bestul
We all know that bucks fight. But most of us associate those battles with the rut-related brawls of fall. Truth is, bucks are working out dominance issues year-round; indeed, biologists feel that the pecking orders established when bucks are in summer bachelor groups save deer from wasting energy by engaging in non-stop brawling during the breeding season.
Obviously, summertime bucks are in full velvet, their antlers both sensitive and fragile. But antlers aren’t the only weapon bucks possess. As the above video illustrates, bucks are as adept at boxing as they are brawling!