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Stuck in the Rut

Along with the cooler weather, the shorter days of fall trigger a number seasonal breeding animals into estrus, which tends to cause the males to pretty much lose their minds.  From what I’ve seen in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana over the past couple weeks, it is obvious that the whitetail and mule deer are in the thick of the rut right now.  In fact, last Tuesday I came within about 15 feet of this Muley buck, and he never acknowledged my presence, despite my being out in the open and walking behind him.

Mule Deer Buck at Rocky Mtn Arsenal NWR

Mule Deer Buck at Rocky Mtn Arsenal NWR

There was quite a bit of rut activity at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, with Mule and Whitetail bucks on the move and seeking receptive does to mate with.

Whitetail Buck at Rocky Mtn Arsenal NWR

Whitetail Buck at Rocky Mtn Arsenal NWR

Muley buck trying to blend in with the brush

Muley buck trying to blend in with the brush

Closer to home, along the Musselshell River, a buck inspects a small band of deer on a hayfield.

Mule Deer Buck checking out the girls

Mule Deer Buck checking out the girls

As I drive home, yet another buck crosses in front of me as if I don’t even exist and is on a mission as he travels through our neighbor’s place.

Muley Buck visiting the neighbors

Muley Buck visiting the neighbors

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5 responses

  1. Pingback: November Bucks | northwestsportsman

  2. Steve Bryan

    Ken-

    The rutting season is later in your part of the country. The local horney bucks visited the does in our yard 6 weeks ago,

    Dad

    November 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

    • Might be due to species differences, but certainly our’s would have a much lower fawn survival rate if they were born that much earlier. Makes me wonder if the higher elevation Sierra Nevada deer aren’t more in synch with our northern deer.

      November 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

  3. Oh my goodness…so pretty, so pretty! Definitely some of my new favorite pics, Papa!

    November 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

    • 🙂 Glad you like them!

      November 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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