Outdoor Skills - Hunting Q&A

Q: Have you ever seen or heard of whitetails getting mortally wounded while fighting during the rut?

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A: I've never heard of a fatality except from interlocked antlers, when the bucks are unable to free themselves, which is not uncommon. I don't think that even big whitetails can do enough damage with their antlers to actually kill another deer, and very few of those fights go to such extremes anyway. They push and shove and give each other a few jabs, and then the loser runs off.