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#7060223 - 01/31/18 11:51 AM Sparring to a fight....(pic heavy)
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These pics are all from this past season. The bucks were not very active in Oct to mid Nov. When the rut here started buck movement picked up. It was not until the second rut kicked in around Dec 15th that the bucks really started to move. Attitudes and tempers flared with the numbers of bucks in a small area around feeders. The number of broken tines and bucks with injuries increased as the season wore on.
These two young bucks sparred for 15 minutes or so in an oats plot in mid Nov.

This 8 pt bowed up to two different bucks later in mid Dec. The buck in the pen wanted no part of the 8pt on the outside of the feed pen. Lot of posturing for about a month.




Few days later this same 8pt tried to adjust the attitude on another 8pt after a younger buck chased a doe into the oats food plot. There was around 20 bucks in the oats and at the feeder. Tempers flared multiple times in a matter of minutes.





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#7060229 - 01/31/18 11:56 AM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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These two bucks got into a short but intense fight one morning in Dec.









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#7060235 - 01/31/18 11:58 AM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Great pictures as usual..
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#7060236 - 01/31/18 11:59 AM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Nice pics.

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#7060237 - 01/31/18 12:01 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Another short but intense fight in late Dec. This is first set of pics of this short fight.









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#7060240 - 01/31/18 12:03 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Welcome back!! Missed you for a while here!

Great pics as usual. I liked how the doe in the second sequence initially freaked out to the fighting, but then kindly just trotted off as if this is a normal occurrence for them and nothing to be scared of...which it is for them. Pretty cool to see the deer habits in the wild. They seemed pretty close to those bucks too. Awesome!!

In the third set of pics, the doe right behind those two looks like she is thinking "oh great, I am trying to look all good for them and all they care about is fighting"


Edited by Texas buckeye (01/31/18 12:06 PM)

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#7060241 - 01/31/18 12:05 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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2nd set of pics of the short fight.








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#7060258 - 01/31/18 12:18 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Sometimes the right attitude keeps you out of a fight.





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#7060263 - 01/31/18 12:22 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Must have been very fun to watch. With all those bucks around did anyone slip under the radar and do the tending while everyone else was fighting?
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#7060287 - 01/31/18 12:41 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Must have been very fun to watch. With all those bucks around did anyone slip under the radar and do the tending while everyone else was fighting?

Not these times but I have seen it in the past on a few occasions. Most of these "fights" were from new bucks showing up in a place they had not been for weeks or ever. It was generally the buck that was a regular at the feeder that took "offense" to the new intruder that was of similar age. Most all of these pics were in the 2nd rut phase here and bucks were moving back in around here in large numbers. I went from seeing 3-5 bucks per sit to 15-22 per sit. I had corn fed out in three directions and 2 feed pens at this blind to space them out.
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#7060288 - 01/31/18 12:41 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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#7060294 - 01/31/18 12:44 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Another welcome back and the pics are great as always up
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#7060308 - 01/31/18 12:53 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Awesome pics. I saw more fighting and sparing this year than I have ever seen. up

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#7060309 - 01/31/18 12:54 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Great Pics

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#7060312 - 01/31/18 12:57 PM Re: Sparing to a fight.... [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: redchevy
Must have been very fun to watch. With all those bucks around did anyone slip under the radar and do the tending while everyone else was fighting?

Not these times but I have seen it in the past on a few occasions. Most of these "fights" were from new bucks showing up in a place they had not been for weeks or ever. It was generally the buck that was a regular at the feeder that took "offense" to the new intruder that was of similar age. Most all of these pics were in the 2nd rut phase here and bucks were moving back in around here in large numbers. I went from seeing 3-5 bucks per sit to 15-22 per sit. I had corn fed out in three directions and 2 feed pens at this blind to space them out.


Stx, how far apart are the two feed pens? And are the feed pens simply corn feeders or do you have protein in one/both along with corn?

Just curious as I am planning on setting up some corn feeders amidst a protein station and was wondering what is too far apart vs what is too close together? Deer density on my place is pretty strong and I think could handle several feeders within a few hundred yards of each other....just didn't know if this was too close?

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