Been noticing a few strong signs of deer in the last few weeks in the form of freying and scoring the ground although i havent seen the culprits recently.
I was wondering if the frequency of territiorial markings vary depending on the age/quality of deer and also the quality of the markings. For instance, while out last night i saw 3 strong territorial markings, grass flattened and churned up back to bare earth and the hedge line taken a right pounding. It got me thinking (hopeful!) about whether this may indicate a buck who is very confident in his area which could be related to his good health (and maybe his head) or maybe just because there arent a lot of other bucks around?
This instance varies from what ive seen in previous years where ive seen more half-assed attempts at territorial markings by roe bucks.