Author Archives: Charles Alsheimer

Alsheimer: Big-Buck Sparring Matches Heat Up In October

By Charles J. Alsheimer Food still consumes the bulk of a whitetail’s day, though the urge to leave scent and determine dominance is on the rise. By the second week in October sparring matches between bucks becomes more intense. Though most sparring matches will not turn ugly in early October, they can go on for several minutes....

Alsheimer: Pre-Season Play – Bucks Sparring in September

By Charles J. Alsheimer Throughout the month of September sparring makes up a big part of a buck’s behavior in and around areas they frequent. Though sparring can turn ugly, most encounters are little more than playful shoving matches between bucks. The most common sparring matches are between subordinate and dominant bucks. Because a dominant buck...

Alsheimer: The Whitetail’s Friendly Summer Is About To End

By Charles J. Alsheimer Don’t expect to see scenes like the one exhibited in the accompanying photo much longer because the days of bachelor group behavior are numbered. Once early September arrives a buck’s testosterone level begins to rise, triggering the start of a host of rutting behaviors. From this point on bucks will begin disassociating themselves from...

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Alsheimer: Deer Antler Velvet – Big Bucks Are Losing It!

By Charles J. Alsheimer Over the next two weeks northern whitetail enthusiasts will be in position to witness one of the most amazing sights in nature, the peeling of velvet from a buck’s antlers. When bucks peel velvet from their antlers the process can take anywhere from an hour to several days to complete. Outside of...

Alsheimer: Mature Bucks Buddy-Up All Summer

By Charles J. Alsheimer Bachelor group behavior of white-tailed deer can be fascinating during the summer months. I took the accompanying photo on Aug. 10 and it illustrates how bucks “buddy-up” during the lazy days of summer. During this time they will groom each other, and feed and bed together. Though researchers have documented that bachelor...