Chasing: On December 1, I watched a 3 ½-year-old, 9-point mule deer following a muley doe. When she squatted to pee, the buck stood and sniffed that spot for about three minutes, curling his lip and inhaling the scent. He must not have liked what he smelled, because he quit chasing the doe at that point and changed his course of direction. I also watched two small mule deer bucks run and scatter a herd of five does like a busted covey of quail. The mule deer rut is just starting to get going in the Texas Panhandle. I have not seen the older bucks show any real interest in girls yet.