Nelson, Dave
December 2007
New York State Conservationist;Dec2007, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p10
This article provides information on ritualized wrestling matches, called sparring, being made by whitetail bucks in late summer. Bucks remove velvet from their antlers by rubbing them on bushes and trees. Once their antlers hardened off, the challenge begins. This challenge determines who is stronger among the bucks. In some cases, their antlers lock together which would prevent bucks from eating and drinking.


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