About a week ago whilst sitting in a highseat just as it was getting dark I heard a lot of thrashing of branches in amonst the trees about 40m away. By this point it was too dark to see so gave up went home but returned the following morning to investigate. I found a patch of bare earth in the wood (where I'd heard the thrashing) about 2 square metres. No obvious tracks but smelt quite strong of urine/BO so I stuck up a trail cam to see what was going on as I thought probably a fallow.
Checked the footage tonight and confirmed a small fallow (guessing buck from this year) mooching around smelling the ground. He hangs around for 10 minutes or so then leaves and a mature buck appears. He then sprays p1$s everywhere, rolls in it, thrashes the branches with his antlers then sits down and chills out for a bit. After a while he leaves and the little one comes back.
Now what I'm not sure of is this a rutting stand he is preparing or is he just getting himself ready in peace and safety priorto heading to his proper stand? The reason I say this is these woods have never been shot before and are very quiet so would be a safe (apart from me) place to be. He's not the biggest buck I've seen but still pretty big.