The gloves are coming off, or more precisely the velvet will be stripped from the antlers of whitetails in the next two to three weeks. When it does whitetail bucks will begin setting the pecking order in respective whitetail neighborhoods. It’s a right of autumn and bucks use it to establish dominance, but other than advertising who won the strongman contest, it does little in the world of whitetail breeding. Too many does come into heat in such a short window that everyone gets a bit of the action, the dominant bucks likely get a bit more. Nevertheless bucks will begin sparring soon and battling later. In the process a few will undoubtedly lock antlers and end up like this pair.