The common question: “Do whitetail deer fight each other?” can be difficult to answer. Although deer are mainly social animals prior to the rut, disputes between bucks tend to increase as breeding season progresses. If you see aggressive bucks near a food source, it is likely that a rut is underway, and the bucks are trying to attract receptive does.
During rut season, bucks begin sparring in order to establish their hierarchy. This type of sparring is different from actual fighting. In sparring, dominant bucks stare at other bucks to hold their position. This is a form of intimidation, but it will not always work. A better approach would be to curl up into a ball and grab onto the deer’s legs or antlers.
Although fights between deer can last up to an hour, most fights only last one to five minutes. Longer fights are usually caused by the antlers becoming stuck together. Typically, a buck will only fight with another buck if he can get it to the ground.
During their fights, deer sustain a variety of injuries. Common injuries include punctures made by the antlers and an eye that becomes blind. This causes the deer to lose its ability to see at night. Deer also suffer from leg and foot injuries. Injuries to these parts of the body can lead to severe debilitation.
While deer may appear to be violent towards humans, they are not naturally aggressive. In their natural habitat, deer are likely to flee or hide if they see a human. However, they can become aggressive if they feel threatened or feared. Their mating season is the most common time when deer fight, though the majority of fatalities are caused by automobile accidents.
Identifying the father of a fawn is not an easy task, but some local factors can help reduce the chances of error. For example, the buck’s body language and behavior can be a good indicator of the father of the fawn.
While deer do not intentionally fight each other, injuries sustained during a fight can cause death within minutes. The wounds may also become infected. In addition, fighting bucks usually die together, and their heads are often torn off by the other buck. However, in some cases, one buck may tear off the head of a dead buck to avoid a fight.
In the fall, whitetail bucks are at their most majestic and start putting down signs to attract the does. These signs are not only a means of attracting the buck, but also a means for the females to find their mate. Whitetail bucks are not shy and will even rub on the ground and trees to leave a scent.
Occasionally, a doe may try to dominate another female. This is not a typical scenario. This is often the result of territorial overlap and an increase in population size. This can lead to aggression, resulting in broken ribs and punctured lungs.