I saw a handsome but battle scarred Mule Deer buck yesterday walking briskly through a field with his head held high near the Bridger Bay campground on Antelope Island State Park. I never did see his right flank but his left flank had four major gashes that were healing along with one smaller wound.
The Mule Deer are in rut on the island right now and the bucks are on the move looking for does to breed with.
The drive to mate is so strong in Mule Deer that the bucks will battle to the death and although I am happy to see this buck survived I wonder how his opponent is doing. These bucks are hormone-driven fighting machines during the rut.
This battle scarred Mule Deer buck walked across the road and headed towards Buffalo Point after I took a nice series of images of him. It looks like he will live to fight another day.
I went to the island looking for birds and found a buck.
Life is good.