|8 Point Buck Determines If Doe Is In Estrus|
In the next photo a buck with a deformed left antler is captured doing the lip-curl also. This buck is likely in the same age range. The most likely cause of the deformed antler is that the antler was injured while in velvet, or that the pedicle was broken loose from the skull in a fight during the previous autumn. This is one of the most vocal bucks I have encountered. He frequently makes large resounding bleats while pursuing does. Even with my severely damaged hearing, it is possible to hear him plainly at well over 100 yards away.
|Buck With Damaged Antler|
Lip-curling is not confined to bucks with antlers. Even the 6 month old button bucks get in on the action too.
|Young Bucks Lip-Curl Too!|
The rut is quickly winding down, and the beginning of the Pennsylvania rifle deer season on Monday will bring much of the activity to a halt, but even if there were no season in the offing, activity would decline very quickly in the next few weeks.
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.