Watching them chase in West Pasco
Just this past week, the Mrs. and I went for a ride to look for deer, hogs, turkeys or whatever. She calls it "our nature rides". Well anyway.
We noticed several Does feeding under the oaks less than a hundred yards from the road. Traffic is whizzing past as we sat on the side of the road. I noticed a larger deer, darker in color standing in some thicker vegetation. A Doe scurries away from the edge and a nice buck follows her with his head down, sampling the air. He continued to chase her for a few minutes. This was a first for the Mrs. (city girl). I eased back on the road and moved less than a 1/4 of a mile. We were looking across a 200 yard opening back into the woods. Out steps a really nice main frame 8pt within 15 yards of the fence. He could care less about us. Neck swollen and posturing. He was headed towards the others. I bleated twice and then grunted. His ears dropped and the hair rose up. I had to laugh. The wife was sitting there excited like a youngster.
I drove past the same spot yesterday around 1 pm. Three bucks and better than a half dozen Does were in the same patch of oaks.
More chasing than I could stand to watch.