Even at Night, Boys will be Boys. Like there just isn’t enough time during the day, these guys are fighting around 10pm one evening right infront of a very good game trail camera in a properly laid out alley of exposure. Too close and you white out the animals. Too far away and you can’t see much. This one was just right but WHAT? I never knew bucks fought in pitch black lolol. I’m always learning new factoids about animal behavior up here…
I can just hear someone now….”OK guys, take it outside…” and this is what they got 😂.
No stars in this night sky, pitch black out, overcast. It get’s as dark as the North Atlantic Ocean up here according to NASA’s map of such things.
Here some friends that hang out all year together are sparring getting ready for the rut which will begin in earnest in November.
These are not huge bucks and need all the practice they can get lol Both Mule deer bucks have pristine ears (no notches and tears that the real warriors have on their ear from rutting years past. )
I know many bucks by their ears. I know this buck by his tendency to be a smaller 4×5 without the little kicker on his left horn. (left deer) named “Goal Post” and the other one as his side kick “Slow Boat”. We know each other and they understand I’m just another stinky noisy lumbering grazing animal as long as I stay in my vehicles. I get out and they are outta here lol. I’ve been within 20 feet of both of these wild animals in my vehicle with no apparent apprehension on their part as I start stop my car, move about a little, change angles and otherwise just graze like any other grazing critter. I’ve known these and quite a few other deer since they were fawns and they recognize my rig and only my rig as OK. I don’t know them all as we have our share of itinerant bucks moving through to change up the game now and then lol.