Does and fawns in my yard are a dime a dozen. Several generations have grown up here without me or the dog bothering them. As a result, they often lie only 25-50 feet away when I take the dog out. They walk by the porch, mostly unconcerned that the dog and I are there and that I’m talking quietly to them. Bucks are rare, though.
That why I was surprised to see a small six-point with the does the other day, though that time of year is slowly approaching. The velvet was gone from his antlers already and I noticed him watching into the woods. Soon, a small spike, still in velvet, made his entrance and grazed with the others, obviously trying to avoid the six-pointer. The six-pointer wasn’t about to allow himself to be ignored, though and went to the smaller one and bullied him around just enough to remind him that he was boss.
THEN, an larger buck with eight polished points showed up. The spike wanted no part of him and went to the lawn’s edge and grazed. The six-pointer pretended not to notice him, but the eight-pointer did like that and made his presence known, and a tad more forcefully than the smaller buck had with the spike. The smaller buck offered some resistance, but not much and soon went to the far end of the herd. The eight-pointer didn’t have heavy beams, but he had a nice spread. I haven’t seen any of them since. Copyright 9/14/2021