The Calm Earlier than The Rut: Deer in August

6-point buck in Schenley Park, 4 August 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

12 August 2023

Within the metropolis of Pittsburgh there are such a lot of white-tailed deer that it’s straightforward to see them in August. The bucks are consuming, consuming, consuming to bulk up. The does are hanging out with their adolescent fawns on this temporary interval between birthing and mating. That is the calm earlier than the rut.

Yesterday morning I noticed eight deer resting in dappled shade in Schenley Park. My cellphone photographs don’t do them justice apart from this: The photographs present how onerous it’s to note deer which are mendacity down and never transferring.

4 bucks resting in Schenley Park, 11 August 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

Just a few of them moved, nonetheless, grooming to shed their chestnut brown summer time coats for gray-brown winter pelage. The picture above exhibits 4 bucks with antlers in velvet, every with a unique level depend: 4-point, 6-point, 7-point and 8-point.

Two does and two fawns, rested a brief distance from the males. The fawns gave the group away. They didn’t maintain nonetheless for lengthy. (The second doe shouldn’t be within the picture.)

Doe and two fawns resting in Schenley Park, 11 Aug 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

One week earlier it was not possible to not see this six-point buck looking the hillside proper subsequent to the Decrease Path.

Deer consuming in Schenley Park, 4 August 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

He’s leaving loads of greenery behind however the leaves he’s not consuming are unpalatable invasive aliens referred to as goutweed. The buck is nosing by means of them to re-browse the deer-food vegetation nonetheless hidden under the goutweed.

Buck looking in Schenley Park, 4 August 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

In August the times are nonetheless longer than the nights and deer hormones are usually not surging but however it’s solely a matter of time and the equinox earlier than the calm ends and the ruts begins. By mid September these deer will probably be onerous to search out.

(photographs by Kate St. John)

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