The roe deer rut.YWH
The demand for roe deer is growing every day, both for hunting and for knowledge about the species.
The rutting of the roe deer is an awaited moment and one of the most exciting modalities for most hunters in Spain and there are not few who keep some precinct until the end of July to be able to go out to the field and enjoy such a spectacle to practice a different type of hunting to the one they are used to. Normally, the reproductive activity is centered in the last days of July or even in the first days of August.
When the roe deer females come into heat, the big males that have remained hidden deep in the bush, begin to show their faces. It is the perfect time to try to place some last minute seals.
First of all, it should be said that the males let their guard down, but not their females or their offspring, so the only competitive advantage we have is that at least they move. And it is precisely this movement that turns against the hunter in the rutting season, as the roe deer do not look where you see them.
Many times we spot the couple in the middle of the race and when we want to get within shooting distance, they are no longer where we saw them or they keep moving without stopping. The characteristic of the rut is mobility, so we will have to make decisions in a matter of seconds and not think things through.
Of course, we will have those manual opportunities in which the roe deer and the doe are enraptured circling the only bush of a huge meadow and all we have to do is wait for an oversight to hit them, but the normal thing will be to see them go out to sow one after the other.
The second advantage is that during the rut they move all day long. Of course they still concentrate their efforts at dawn and dusk, but the heat keeps them on the move for many more hours. In addition, we have an additional advantage, at least in the drier areas, and that is that they need to replenish their fluids, which leads them to go into the water.
The hotter the day, the earlier they can go in to drink, and it is not unusual for them to do so at five o’clock in the afternoon, when there are still a few hours of daylight left and the sun is strong. Then they will look for a cool place to wait for the afternoon.
If in our outings we find a ‘copulation corral’, which is nothing more than the furrow in the grass that they leave when chasing each other in the rut around a thicket or obstacle, it can be a good option to wait in it, since roe deer are territorial animals.