Charles A. from Oklahoma
writes to ask about older bucks mating does. "It seems to me that the older
bucks should be dominant to young bucks and do the mating, yet lately I'm
hearing that young bucks mate does a lot. What
determines which bucks will mate does?"
A 175-pound healthy, mature buck in Texas has 44 pounds of body fat entering
the rut, and this means he saves 6.75 hours a day of foraging time, to chase
does. The more fat, the less he has to eat. Less
time eating means more time breeding does. In addition, we are also
learning that bucks are individuals. Some rut hard, others don't. It's all a
bit complicated, yet that is what makes hunting them so challenging.
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