Secrets of the Rut: Whitetail Deer Role Reversal

Secrets of the Rut: Whitetail Deer Role Reversal

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A white-tail deer buck, with large antlers, chases a doe, during the rut. Does play more of a role in the mate selection process and research is underway to further understand this. (Photo: Gerry Images)

For better hunting success, it’s critical to understand the role of does in mate selection. It is now being theorized that excursive behaviors by females during the breeding season are a form of female mate choice, or a way to incite competition between bucks and give the female access to a higher-quality mate.

The air is cool on your face as the November winds rustle the leaves covering the forest floor. From your perch high in an old oak you patiently scan your shooting…



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