Buck following a doe
With this year's whitetail rut now in the past it is time to review, process, and catalogue the images from the season. Rut photographs fall into a number of categories, portraits, rubbing, scraping, sparring, fighting, running, and chasing. This set of images are from the chasing category.
Buck looks on with the receptive doe in the foreground
A fawn reacts to the momentary attention of a buck
While these local bucks antlers are nowhere in the league of the big park bucks they are significantly better than what our area offered before the current antler restrictions were imposed. Prior to antler restrictions the bucks pictured in this post would have been considerably above average for our area as most bucks carried spikes or very small 3-6 point racks and were only 1 1/2 years old.
Today a significant percentage of our bucks live to become 2 1/2 years of age and typically carry 6-8 points total. I cannot say for sure what the age of the buck in the first two photos is but I would guess that he is 2 1/2 years of age, while I can say with certainty the the buck pictured above is 2 1/2.