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Why Bucks Fight Day 3: More About Prerut Deer Fights

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Editor’s Note: Bucks fight for several reasons. When you hear antlers clashing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that bucks are fighting to the death. Instead, the bucks only may be pushing each other around. The more you know about buck fights, the better you’ll understand when to go and when to stay when you hear antlers clashing.

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Young bucks are like young boys in the first grade who begin to push and shove to set-up who is the toughest one in the class. Oftentimes, once that dominance order is set-up  in the youngsters, whoever establishes himself as the toughest one of the bunch will maintain that position until the completion of elementary school.

Dr. Harry Jacobson:

According to Dr. Harry Jacobson, a deer researcher at Mississippi State University, “If a young buck is whipped one time, he’s less likely to challenge again. Probably this influences the psychological part of dominance among bucks as much as actual physical size or antler size does. Once that dominance order is set-up after the bucks come into hard antlers, then the likelihood of sparring and buck fights may tend to decrease slightly. Bucks go through a series of aggressive posturing steps before a conflict occurs. A buck demonstrates dominance primarily through his body language. When he approaches a subordinate animal, he’ll usually give that animal a hard stare. If the animal doesn’t then display the appropriate submissive behavior or posture, the confrontation intensifies to a whole series of displays that can end up in a buck fight.”

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David Nelson:

David Nelson, a state wildlife biologist for Alabama, explains, “When dominance is established, actual fighting may subside. If a buck has been defeated by another buck, the subdominant buck may move on to another place when the dominant buck steps toward him with an aggressive posture.”

The Late Michael Stickney:

Sitckney, a former wildlife biologist in New York, reported, “When the dominant buck demonstrates aggressive behavior, then the challenger has to make a decision of whether to duck his head and prepare for a charge or tuck his tail and prepare to run. Most of the time from what I’ve seen, and what I’ve read, the dominant buck just doesn’t have to fight – unless there’s another deer that’s his equal. Usually, a dominant buck will assume an aggressive posture – lying his ears flat along his neck and walking sideways very stiff-legged with all hairs standing erect – and totally intimidate the other buck.”

Tomorrow: Deer Battles During the Rut

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