Dominant Buck Behavior Starts Early

Dominant Buck Behavior Starts Early

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Dominant buck behavior includes fighting, but it also features subtle body language that deer use throughout the year.

This video shows classic dominant buck behavior as the big buck approaches the side of a food plot. The younger buck — a yearling — instantly knows he is the insubordinate deer in this confrontation.

From a biological standpoint, these deer would not be of the same bachelor group if they were seen among a gathering of bucks in a field. True bachelor groups typically involve bucks of the the same age class. A dominant buck in a bachelor group isn’t always the one with the largest rack. Dominance is a complicated behavior and usually involves other…



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