In search of vegetative foliage, five bucks a mature 8-pointer, a 3½-year-old, two spunky spikes and a curious button buck go single file along the forest edge, ascending a bluff. Occasionally the group stops to forage; yet one of the spikes and the button buck, by instinct, prefer to assertively test their status with bouts of mock sparring.
But soon the bachelor crew resumes their exodus to the vantage point.
Reaching the pinnacle, the older buck, using sight and scent, goes to a distinct pine tree and performs intense licking branch behavior. After thrashing his antlers and releasing scent from several glands, the buck breaks away and continues traversing the old game trail.