He's beautiful, but he's a troublemaker.
The rut has begun in central Texas. This is when bucks throw caution to the wind, because love is in the air--literally. I don't usually think of the rut occurring until November, but our Parks and Wildlife site says it is dependent on weather, food, water and habitat.
The does in our area have begun sending signals that the time is right. I got, what I thought, were wonderful pictures of several does and two enormous bucks this morning. My camera says there wasn't enough light. All you could see was the eerie flashbacks in their eyes from my camera flash.
The bucks are no longer cautious around humans, and spent most of my photo session chasing each other around. Of course, this lack of caution also leads to videos on "When Wildlife Attack". I don't know how many I've seen of some Joe Bob getting attacked by a deer or elk that seemed overly tame at first, and then ripped into him when he tried to pet it. I use a telephoto lens to avoid close contact.
The worst part of the rut is the number of deer/car accidents that occur. Unfortunately, it's usually the does that get killed. The bucks chase them like dogs would, and she'll often run willy-nilly into traffic to get away from him. I steel myself and my children every year for the possibility that we may hit and kill a deer. We are lousy with deer in our area. Collisions are inevitable.