Sunday, December 4, 2011
This afternoon on my way home I spotted three bucks pursuing one doe. The dominate buck was keeping the smaller bucks away from her. One look or turn from him towards the smaller bucks was causing them to back off. When the doe urinated the buck went into the classic curled lip Flehmen position with his eyes rolled back in his head. He was checking to see if she was ready to breed. The Flehmen response is a of curling of the lips in deer which helps with the scent of chemicals into the vomeronasal organ. Stallions alao do it to see if a mare is ready to breed.