I know this thread is getting old, and the picture I'm referring to is in post #3. That picture was submitted by Wanderer.
I know that I'm setting myself up for some ribbing here, but it's OK.....
The deer in Wanderers post is MASTER_ _ _ _ ING! Relieving himself, if you know what I mean!
The timing of the picture is just about perfect, in regards to pre rut..rut. I suspect this deer is in proximity of a primary scrape, has breed at least one hot doe shortly before this, and is getting frustrated in his search for the next one. He could also have just recently lost a battle with another more dominate buck that was tending a doe in estrous.
Every time I've ever seen whitetails MASTER_ _ _ _ ING these have been the conditioning factors. I know there has to be others that have witnessed this too. Maybe there just not talking about it, I don't know.
Years ago I saw this more frequently than I do now. Was it the structure of the herd? I can't say exactly. I do know that there were good numbers of mature bucks in the area. I also spent a great deal of time dopeing scrapes with Hawbackers buck lure,. but I can no longer find it. When I used that stuff it literally drove the bucks crazy, and the frequency of there visits to their scrapes was amazing!
Anyways, I'm getting a little off subject here. I guess what I'm trying to tell you is if you spend enough time in the deer woods you'll see this someday. There will be instances when your watching a scrape line and when the buck is approaching or at his scrape, You'll notice he appears to be hopping or hunching, this is what he's doing.
I try to already have an arrow in him at this point, You know before he lays down and takes a nap or rolls over and ask for a cigarette!
Like gramps used to say, "Why is it there's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over?"