I live in a rural subdivision in Orange County NC. Three years ago, a button buck started making the rounds of the houses He was skinny, and had a a couple of scratches and contusions on his back. I suspect he was driven away violently by his mother as they often do with males reaching weaning age. He followed humans around and allowed them to pet him, one time when my wife was cleaning pine straw he came up behind her and head-butted her on the butt! She thinks he may have been looking for her udder!
I didn't mind his visits, but worked on keeping my distance as I did not want him to habituate to humans, and also knew that when he got bigger and stronger and the hormones kicked in, someone could get hurt. One of my neighbors got a wakeup call on this when one of their kids started playing with the buck, and the buck responded with deer play behavior. It reared up on its hind legs and struck at his face with the front hooves. The kid was frightened, but not hurt, but that put an end to them treating it as a pet.
We believe he made it through at least one hunting season. Another neighbor walked up on a group of deer in his back yard, they scrambled into the woods, except for one 3 point buck who stayed and looked at him. He asked "Is that you?". The buck took a couple of steps toward him and then turned and rejoined the group.
David J. Snyder
Orange County, NC