Whilst out on a recce last week with the binos, I spotted a lame buck (usually leave the bucks alone mid rut) Since I was only 5 minutes walk from a rifle I thought about going to get one but decided to watch the buck for a while. He was limping quite badly on his back right leg, but with no obvious injuries, no breaks, no flesh wounds etc, I was only 80 yds away. So with some reservations I thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt and leave him for a week or so. Anyway, went for a walk round tonight and came across him in vaguely the same area, with the rifle this time, with the full intention of taking him if he was still lame. He was absolutely fine, from walking without the use of a back leg last week, to walking fine this week - even having the energy to cover the doe he was with on 3 occasions while I was watching. I was pleasantly suprised to say the least, especially since he's a decent buck as well !!!
I've seen tups (male sheeps for the non agricultural types) get lame and clear up quickly plenty of times, but have never given deer much thought on the same subject. So if you do come across a lame buck, with no obvious injuries and if he's not in the cull plan, maybe leave him a week or so to see if it clears up, you never know !