Dawn at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park. Time for a duel. A duel between youth and age.
In one side of the corner is the ten-point buck. At least five years of age, due to the growth of his antlers. Marked with a big green “X” and a GPS signal generator for park tracking purposes.
In the other is the challenger, a young buck. Aged between three and five years of age with six-points.
They stand off, waiting for the bell to begin the fight.
Ding, Ding, Ding! Let’s fight!
Ok, so maybe there weren’t a lot of fireworks, nor was blood drawn, but Green X made the point. This was his territory and it was time for the young buck to take off.
After the battle, Green X walked calmly past only ten feet away from me, while the young buck ran off into the meadow ready for another day.