I did not get to spend much time in the woods this year due to tagging out early. I very much enjoy studying deer behavior, especially mature bucks. The best thing about deer hunting is that I believe you can hunt for a lifetime and still learn something new every year. As I've sat around and reflected on years past I have been curious about one behavior specifically. I'm sure we have all had a big buck spook at some point in our bowhunting careers, it sucks. I've had more than my fair shares, especially when I was starting out. I observed in a few occasions a big mature buck become spooked be it scent, sight, or sound. On all of these occasions the buck become more aware, which turned into a stare down. The uncommon thing is that the bu ks never snorted, stomped, or even raised a tail. They all tucked their tail, and snuck out as quietely and cautiously as possible. In some cases their were other deer with them that were unaware. Its as if these older bucks were only concerned with themselves, no effort to warn the herd. I found it odd, smart, selfish, and uncommon from typical deer behavior. I understand bucks don't grow big by being dumb, just wondering if anyone else has seen the same behavior. What better place to ask than AT!