I had fun being the voyeur. The buck was obviously flirting with the doe. At one point he even chased her around playfully. She would run a bit and then stop and then he’d stare and plan his next move. They were never far from each other and she never made much effort to escape his advances.
October through December is mating season for these gentle giants. I can be sure to find buck to “shoot” during these this season as they roam in their small bachelor groups looking for the ladies. This was my first time wandering into a male and female relationship; and didn’t stay long enough to intrude on their time together. But fun to watch two large deer at play.