Mike: The deer have been very active. I saw a huge bachelor group last night; actually I guess you would say one group of 10 and another group of 8. A 4-wheeler buzzed down the road I was on; they spooked into each other and left the soybean field as one.
How many bucks are generally in a summer bachelor group? I know groups aren't static, but the average gang I see has between 3 and 7 members.
Yesterday from Dean:
I saw the same group of 18 last night on the back side of the property. They seem to be hanging as one big group right now. I also saw another group of 11 about 2 miles north of there. There seem to be some dingers in this group as well!
The number of bucks I'm seeing is unreal and has surpassed last summer so far. I think that since there are so many more bucks per capita in this area, the bachelor groups are growing. But, I'm seeing some smaller groups in the same areas too. I'm not sure what the moon is right now, but the deer (bucks in particular) are out and about and how! Thanks, Dean
I agree with Deano, from what I've witnessed a gang of 3 to 6 is pretty common. (See picture of "4 Amigos" my buddy CJ Davis got in SC last summer.) But Dean might be onto something--with more bucks per acre in many areas, the groups have naturally grown in numbers. Mature bucks tolerate the young bucks and let them hang around this time of year, so you get a big mix of bucks.
Out West buck groups (whitetail) tend to be been larger. Luke Strommen on the Milk River MT says: "I have seen bach groups with as many as 20 bucks (give or take) in an alfalfa field. Most of those bucks will be in the 1 1/2- to 3 1/2 year-old range. Mature bucks seem to hang in smaller groups and come into a field in their own corners (good spot for your tree stand). I have counted 140 head of deer in a field before dark, 80 to 90 of them bucks (September and velvet). Does that count as a bachelor group, LOL?"
Interesting stuff. So, how many velvet bucks have the rest of you been seeing?