This is a great time of year to see some nice Whitetail Bucks here in my area of Oklahoma and Arkansas. They are chasing Does right now and you should have a good chance of seeing this out in the open where the Does are.
I was able to photograph this 10 point chasing 3 Does. I was out in the open but this Buck didn’t pay me much attention.
Bucks chase does because the does are not in estrous yet, or because they do not want to let a particular buck breed them. The chase is often part of the mating or ritual behavior, whereby the does determine if the bucks are suitable to sire their offspring. The healthiest mature bucks often stay with the does the longest as the does run from them, while the less healthy or younger bucks often stop chasing the does. This results in many of the does breeding by the healthier mature bucks. (T.R. Michels)
I saw this Buck near the entrance to the main part of the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I spotted another smaller buck chasing a Doe in another part of the refuge.
Note: If you are planning on going to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, it will be closed for hunting November 28 and 29th and also on December 12th and 13th.
A trip to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge this time of year for the Snow Geese is well worth the trip.