What does it mean when bucks run in a pack?
There were several smaller bucks that came out! The big buck was staying just out of sight, enough we were unable to get a point count, but the base of the antlers was big.
Before the rut and all that begins the bucks are in groups, bachelor groups I think is what they are called. When the breeding season nears in, these bucks begin to spread out a bit and even tend to not tolerate one another anymore.
Not really enough info(??) Was it in a field feeding? In the woods following does?? If it was a field where deer were feeding, a big buck got that way by not showing up until no one had enough light to get a shot. Two smaller bucks?? Perhaps yearling twins who still hang out.... If it's after the rut, bucks will tolerate each others' presence for food in a large enough area.
It means ther major breeding is over. Groups of bucks are called bachelor groups. As the rut approaches, the group breaks up. The senior or dominant buck is the first to leave. However, it is not uncommon, even during the heat of the rut to see two or three young bucks together. Also, now and then you will see a young buck with a mature buck. Usually neither of those situations last very long. As the rut winds down, you begin to see bucks returning to the group...at least the ones still alive.
Naturally, due to attrition, the composition of the group changes. Bachelor groups vary in size from three to as many as nine. The age strata also avries depending on what bucks have survived. However, there is seldom more than one dominant buck.
The largest antlered bucks are usually the first to shed their their antlers. When this happens, they become extremely reclusive until a group is formed.
The study of bachelor groups is interesting as all get out and tremendously educational in termsw of deer behavior.
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