|Whitetail Buck Performs Lip-Curl In Early September|
The pre-rut intensifies in October and whitetail movement patterns change.If you watch the same area on a regular basis, it seems that you mostly see the same bucks throughout the late summer and into early fall. In many cases these are young bucks that were born in that area and have not yet dispersed.
|Resident Buck Scenting For Does|
Exciting photo opportunities can develop when more than one buck is present. No other buck was there to challenge the large buck as he passed through, but on another day a seven-point arrived and challenged a six-point that was already there.
After a brief tussle the bucks broke contact and looked about for danger, before resuming the contest.
This never rose to the level of serious combat, but as the full-blown rut arrives the probability of witnessing a serious fight will drastically increase.
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.