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SPARRING BUCKS IN ROCKRIMMON

Published: March 10, 2013, 11:37 am, by Bill Vogrin

Early Sunday morning, eight young bucks and one old buck gathered in the open space behind my home in the Rockrimmon neighborhood of Colorado Springs.

After a day of high winds and blizzard conditions, the bucks seemed to be enjoying the warm sunshine. They were feisty, engaging in group sparring.

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The old buck with a broken antler stayed away from the group and relaxed behind my fence.

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Meanwhile, the young bucks took turns locking antlers and pushing each other around.

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A couple of them were particularly rambunctious, even pawing the ground and driving each other into trees and bushes.

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The winner of that bout then went over and challenged the old buck, who had been relaxing under a pine tree.

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They went at it for several minutes. We heard the clacking of antlers as they pushed back and forth.

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Eventually, the old guy drove the young buck into a bush and shook his head vigorously and it was over.

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