Older Bucks Have Larger Ranges
Mature dominant bucks are as shrouded in myth as any creature in North America. Everyone has theories about them and their habits, though few have dabbled in anything resembling true “research.”
The truth is that most of this mystique is simply a byproduct of the rarity of big bucks, relatively speaking.
Actually, younger bucks have larger ranges than older bucks. Older bucks, it turns out, tend to stake out smaller, more productive habitats. When the rut is on, however, all breeding age bucks will increase their ranges dramatically to find suitable does.