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Earlier this week, we saw a rutting bull elk attack a tourist in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.
The rut is the mating season for whitetail and elk, and is characterized by an increase in testosterone and agression—and a marked lack of common sense.
In a nutshell, the rut brings out some strange behavior in bucks and bulls.
Which brings us to today’s video from Realtree Outdoors. In the video, Michael Hunsucker is bowhunting in Missouri with the help of a Scarface Buck Decoy.
The buck in question—which Michael has taken to calling “Little Louie”—becomes incensed by the presence of a challenger. Michael tries a few calls, but the buck is fixated on the decoy. His ears are pinned back and he is ready for business.
Skip to about 1:00 if you just want to see the buck obliterate the decoy. Watch the rest of the video to see Michael harvest the buck.
Thankfully for Michael, the buck stops cold to make sure he’s won. And that’s when Michael lets the arrow fly.
It’s a direct hit just behind the front shoulder. The animal makes it about 50 yards before dropping like a bag of dirt.
On his way to the downed buck, Michael stops and picks up the pieces of his decoy. “Scarface is in shambles, he remarks.”