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Buck in a Rut

Posted by Nora Kwochka

Oct 22, 2013 10:07:00 AM

describe the imageIt is early fall and change is in the air and I am here to warn you about some changes that will be happening with me: No more Mr. Nice Buck. The lazy days of summer grazing are over. I need to carbo load and will be on the lookout for acorns, beechnuts and apples because they will help me pack on fat that will see me through this “getting busy” season. Get used to seeing more of me. I will be roaming far and wide in search of does, becoming aggressive and losing the velvet on my antlers. My does and I will be seen feeding together and I will be showing swag with my new antlers.

The shortened days have triggered changes in both female deer and bucks. The doe’s bodies are getting ready for pregnancy and I will “signpost” at night by scraping trees rubbing them with my head to mark them with my scent. I will show my dominance by sparring with the other bucks. They had better watch out because when I lock antlers with another buck, I plan to dominate. When the other buck backs down, it shows my place in the hierarchy. I will stare down any deer who wants to spar and prove I am top deer during the pre-rut. After sparring time, my behavior will become more frenzied and aggressive.

The rut season is a learning experience for young fawns.  They are educated about the way a herd interacts. They get used to seeing bucks with full racks, and observe fights and mating. I know what you are thinking: Bucks are players! I will tell you, it is NOT all fun and games.  The fighting between bucks can go to the death and it is not unusual for one of us to get injured.  The younger, smaller bucks will avoid fighting with the more mature ones like yours truly by avoiding our territory.  Before I mate with a doe we will chase each other and then briefly graze together before I start all over again. Hey, I did not get to this position by being a dumb deer. I have been able to survive by avoiding hunters, winning my battles and by eating immense amounts of food in the spring and summer to keep up my strength through the rut. By the end of the rutseason, I will be exhausted. Because I have slept little and eaten even less, I can lose up to 50 lbs. and feel totally worn down. I will seek out a safe place and recharge my batteries. After a couple of days of rest, the munchies kick in! I will head out to find grains to get back into fighting shape.

And when I have broken out of my rut, it is time for me to chill. I will trade in my red coat and be styling in my new brown winter one as the cooler weather comes. I am feeling mellow; my metabolism will slow to conserve energy and body fat. Time to settle in for the winter because before you know it, it will be spring and I will get back into the same old rut!

 

 

 

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Topics: Bobbex, deer, rut season, buck, deer behavior, rut

Pumpkins are a Treat for Deer!

Posted by Nora Kwochka

Oct 18, 2013 9:39:00 AM

Trick-or-Treating has been cancelled for the last two years in our town due to storm damage.  Unfortunately, the roads were not safe for costumed children to navigate and there were still many homes without power.  We knew the storm was coming and brought mums and ornamental pumpkins inside to keep them safe. Hopefully gardeners and homeowners do not have to worry about storms this year, but did you know there is another threat? Your pumpkins are in danger of becoming deer food!  The deer absolutely love Pumpkins.  They need large amounts of food during summer through the late fall and will eat 6-10 pounds of food daily.  That jack-o-lantern on your front door step looks like easy pickings to a hungry deer.  Your garden, including those pumpkins you grew for your children or baking will not be passed up by the deer in your neighborhood.  Try these simple steps to send the deer to the next house looking for treats:

  • Trick the deer! Spray pumpkins with a repellent that deters by smell and taste that will send them to the next house looking for treats.
  • Spook the deer! They are always on the lookout for predators. Noise and your dog are easy ways to keep them fearful and out of your yard.
  • Hairy Monsters! Human or pet hair sprinkled around the pumpkins will have the deer running away in fear.

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Pumpkin carving has become more sophisticated over the past few years and designs can
be very intricate.  Whether your pumpkin is a work of art or just a jagged smile and triangle eyes or you put time into growing one: do not be afraid to use Bobbex Deer Repellent to them!

 

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Topics: Bobbex Deer Repellent, Bobbex, deer, pumpkins, gardening, protecting pumpkins, repell, jack-o-lantern

Where did the name Bobbex come from?

Posted by Judi Ecsedy

Oct 18, 2013 9:38:00 AM

BobbexWe are often asked ‘Where did the name Bobbex come from?’ Bob X was the high
school nickname of the founder of the company, Bob Ecsedy (pronounced Bob X-City).
Even though the name Bobbex has no connotation to deer repellent, the product was
named after a favorite nickname. Over the years we have collected examples of the various ways people have spelled Bobbex:

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      • Bob X
      • Bobb
      • Babb
      • Bobit
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      • Bobeck's
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Topics: Bobbex Deer Repellent, Bobbex

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