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    Maybe the rut has started?

    Out this morning walking the dogs and spied a buck and doe on the far side of the field. I've seen them here earlier in the week, chasing away another doe, but they didn't seem to be showing much interest otherwise.



    I thought I'd experiment, so i grabbed a couple of leaves from the hedge and tried squeaking the buck. I normally use a Buttolo, so I tried to mimic the same sound. After a few abortive attempts I managed a reasonable fiep, at which the buck immediately put up his head and tried to locate the sound.



    With the doe trailing behind, the buck made his way over the field towards me in double-quick time, jumping and running in the classic style of a buck during the rut.







    Eventually he ended up about 75 meters away from me, where he stayed for probably 5 minutes trying to figure out what was going on. I was partially hidden by the hedge, but he could tell something wasn't quite right. I'd had to take my gloves off to squeak, and each leaf was only lasting for half a dozen attempts, so there was enough movement to make him suspicious.









    Eventually he lost interest and ambled back to the doe, but not before I'd had a chance to grab the photos you see here.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Great story and photos mate

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    Super action photographs. It's the early bird that.......

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    Super photos, rut started? maybe! though it is very early, bucks showing interesting in does yes , reacting to a call yes , but the actual rut
    maybe, a roe buck is basically sexually capable for all the time he is in hard antler his interest increasing during spring and summer but the actual rut can't start until a doe comes into season.

    The roe doe's season like that of many deer is controlled by daylight, the shortening day triggers a hormone that brings on oestrus, it requires around twenty minutes less light each day to trigger the change, are the days twenty minutes sborter since the longest day?
    suppose it will close, so I suppose its possible.

    The rut does seem to start around the same time each year in any given area, so when do you normally see rutting activity in your area ? in my area the 27th July seems to be the optimum day never much more than a coup!e of days either side of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogtrotter View Post
    Super photos, rut started? maybe! though it is very early, bucks showing interesting in does yes , reacting to a call yes , but the actual rut
    maybe, a roe buck is basically sexually capable for all the time he is in hard antler his interest increasing during spring and summer but the actual rut can't start until a doe comes into season.

    The roe doe's season like that of many deer is controlled by daylight, the shortening day triggers a hormone that brings on oestrus, it requires around twenty minutes less light each day to trigger the change, are the days twenty minutes sborter since the longest day?
    suppose it will close, so I suppose its possible.

    The rut does seem to start around the same time each year in any given area, so when do you normally see rutting activity in your area ? in my area the 27th July seems to be the optimum day never much more than a coup!e of days either side of that.

    Could this continuous rain and overcast days fool them with daylight hours? I haven't a clue so genuine question.

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    Cracking photos Dom, as usual

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodp View Post
    Could this continuous rain and overcast days fool them with daylight hours? I haven't a clue so genuine question.
    Perhaps, I don't know, that's what I find so interesting about roe , there is so much about them that is still a mystery, no one has all the answers.

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    Was out last night on our ground on the Wiltshire Berkshire Oxfordshire border and didn't see a single buck. Just does grazzing away quietly.

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