November 2008 Feature Article:
"Clatter-clack, clatter-clack- clatter" ...as the sound of antler on antler resonated through the woods I sensed something was about to happen! Almost instantly I heard grunting and glimpsed a magnificent buck approaching from my left. Intent on seeing what the commotion was all about, he maintained a brisk pace. At the same time, another, slightly smaller buck could be seen ghosting in from my right. The situation couldn't have been more perfect. Both bucks were obviously curious to know who was fighting. Moments later the two deer met 20 yards behind my stand putting on the most impressive display I've ever seen! First posturing then locking antlers, twisting, grinding, pushing, and shoving ...they did it all. Those two bucks literally tore up the forest floor. Following ten minutes of mixing it up in an all out brawl, the larger buck got the upper hand and the lesser made his escape. That encounter reinforced firsthand what rattling and calling is all about.
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