Dad finally came into my view and was guessing he was 75yds from the bedded buck and doe. Over the next 20 minutes he got worked to 50yds from them. He was out of cover and just decided to sit it out and wait to see if a shot presented itself, but was hoping to get within 30yds. Dad got settled in and about 45 minutes later I see a 3rd buck, which looked like a mature dominant buck. His rack wasn't huge but you could just tell he was the boss. The 3rd buck was walking straight towards where the buck and doe that dad was waiting on. He was coming in upwind so he was going on visual and not scent I was guessing. The doe was bedded in the thick of the weed patch and the buck 1st buck was just standing in the weed patch.
When the 3rd buck got to around 50yds from the 1st buck and doe, the 1st buck seen him coming. The 1st buck pinned his ears back and walked out to meet the 3rd buck. When the 3rd buck got out to the 1st one they both just stood about 5yds apart ears pinned back and hair all stood up. I was thinking a fight was going to break out at any time. Then the 1st buck just turned around and started slowly walking away and the 3rd buck followed him. The 1st buck walked straight towards where the 2nd buck and doe were bedded. I was sitting on a hill so I could see all of this happening. The 1st buck kept the 3rd bucks attention and got him to follow him the 400yds all the way to the 2nd buck and doe.
When the 3rd buck to the 2nd buck and doe he went straight to the doe chased the 2nd buck away. The whole time the 1st buck just stood back about 50yds watching this happen. When the 3rd buck had claimed the 2nd doe as his. The 1st buck turned around and RAN back to his doe that he left in the weed patch. BUT, what he didn't know is that while he was gone with the 3rd buck. His doe got up and walked off to another weed patch a couple hundred yards in the opposite direction of all the other deer. When the 1st buck got where is doe was supposed to be and she wasn't where he left her. He starting running around frantically trying to find her. He never did figure out where she went to.
I was wondering if the 1st buck knew that he could lead the 3rd buck over to the 2nd buck and doe and get them hooked up so he could keep his doe to himself? Or was this whole thing just plain dumb luck?
Maybe not so good at bird-dogging his doe, though...
Cool to see though