The young buck in this video is feeding like he may not eat again for months. That’s somewhat true! Shortly after a buck sheds the velvet from his antlers until the first doe become receptive is typically a time of intentional feeding and storing fat.
Knowing this means it’s worthy to scout for the food sources bucks are currently using. During this time of year bucks crave carbohydrate-rich food to aid in developing fat! This could be grain crops in agriculture production areas or acorns in areas where oaks dominate the landscape.
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Once the first doe becomes receptive in an area, bucks spend less time feeding and more time seeking out a receptive partner. Due to this behavior shift, bucks often lose up to 30% of their body weight during the rut. No wonder they feed like crazy just before the breeding season!
Growing Deer together,