The Madness Moon

Experts predict that this week’s full moon will kick off the first serious rutting activity of the season.

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The rut is heating up across the country and in the pre-rut madness whitetails are not only setting the pecking order, they are getting downright nasty about their position in the herd. Here are two bucks that not only had a cousin-like quarrel, but ended up in the fast lane. Beach, North Dakota, is the site of this bout. It’s definitely not beach-like in southwest North Dakota, but there are good whitetails in this Western topography and these two bucks prove that point well.
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The story with these photos states that local ranchers roped these bucks to subdue them and then got busy with a chainsaw to free the duo. After cutting off a few points the stronger buck dashed off, but the loser of the fight crawled under the fence and immediately hid in the brush to recuperate.
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All I can say is that as the rut heats up you need to slow down. Hopefully you won’t crash into a pair of boxing bucks like this, but your odds increase each day of denting your truck as the rut heats up. Drive safe and be cautious of the ditch-side activity peaking in your neighborhood.

Experts predict that this week’s full moon will kick off the first serious rutting activity of the season.