Every deer hunter can agree that mature bucks are just… different.
#1. Mature bucks are complete individuals
No two mature bucks are the same. Every buck that lives past age three has found a way, unique to their situation, that has allowed them to live as long as they have.
What seems to make them such individuals is that they have adjusted to their home range differently than other bucks in other areas that have adjusted to their specific home range in their own unique ways as well. In other words, they made it to an older age for a reason – they adapted.
Older bucks have smaller home ranges than younger deer. As a buck ages, their home range continues to decrease. The reason their home ranges continues to decrease as they age is due to several factors but the biggest factor is that they are still alive.
What they are doing is working for them and in order to keep breathing air and munching on corn, staying in the same place makes sense. The home range of most mature bucks is typically less than 100 acres and their core area is even smaller than that.