When it comes to approaching deer, don't get too close and don't just walk up to them. You need to use cover to hide yourself as you get near to them so that they can't see you as much. Keep downwind so your scent does not alert them of your presence. Walk slowly and quietly with careful steps so that you do not make much sound or any sudden movements that may scare them. Plan your route before you start your approach so you know the best way of getting to them using trees and other things to cover behind. And finally, do NOT walk your dog close to the deer! In fact, lead your dog away from them as deer are easily spooked by dogs. I know the deer at this estate are use to people, but they are still not tame and will stress out if you get too close. It really grinds my gears when I see animals in distress when it involves people not knowing what they are doing.
Anyway, back to deer rut 2016 and after approaching them in the proper manner, using trees as cover, I was able to watch them at a reasonable distance with a great view of the action. Though the herd was a bit restless due to passers by in the woods causing them to run around a bit in panic, after a while, they returned to their rutting field by the woodland edge and settled down a little bit. Many of them were females and immature males and they were mostly interested in grazing or snoozing. For the more mature males (called bucks), they were full of testosterone and had other things on their minds.
|This buck was probably the most dominant in the herd|
|The bucks were sniffing the females to check if they are ready to mate|
|This buck failed to mount this doe this time round...|
|...maybe a bit of grooming will help...|
|...a successful mating!|
|A clash between two bucks!|
|Going in for round two!|
|Pink-footed Geese flying over the estate!|