WATCH: Understanding Whitetail Deer Behavior During the Rut
Research into the triggers that spur interest in does by bucks during the annual reproductive period known as the rut show some interesting findings.
Bucks actually detect a doe’s estrus condition by inhaling fumes containing releaser pheromones.
Contrary to what one might expect, those special odors do not come directly from the doe’s urine.
During preliminary trials conducted at the University of Georgia, researchers tested the response of deer to urine collected directly from the bladders of does known to be in estrus with that of non-estrus urine, buck urine, and several control solutions, including salt…