Whew! Five of us does just played chicken on the highway. We took on a truck with a plow. So believe me, we high-tailed it and then blew them away!
Buck-rub: Stripped bark or abrasions on a tree made by a buck’s antlers. Buck-rubs serve many purposes. It polishes a buck’s antlers, strengthens his shoulder and neck muscles, and leaves behind his pheromones. These pheromones stimulate female deer, called does, for breeding season. They also also communicate the ranking status of the buck to his competitors.
On opening day, these fine does danced behind Keith in his tree stand, east of the shack where I was stationed. I had a front row seat to their performance. Eventually, they tip-toed their way into the river bottom, to the south.
About half an hour later, the trio reemerged stage right, on the west side of the shack. They sashayed north at a cautious pace for their grand finale. Suddenly, they all froze at precisely the same time. Then they did a synchronized and abrupt about-face. Together, they leaped, almost arm-in-arm, back into the river bottom.
It left me begging for more and I gave them a standing ovation. Alas, there was no encore. However, I plan to go back to watch them, again and again. Nature’s shows are never boring and often breath taking.
Can you spot them? We did.