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rut

(rŭt)
n.
1. A regularly recurring condition of fertility during which breeding occurs in certain mammals, especially deer and various other ungulates: a buck in rut.
2. The period during which this condition occurs.
intr.v. rutted, rutting, ruts
To be in rut.

rut

the period of maximum testicular activity in male mammals (compare OESTRUS CYCLE), particularly applied to the period of sexual activity in deer.

rut

the period of increased sexual activity occurring in the autumn (fall) in some male mammals, especially deer and elephants. It is accompanied by increased testicular activity, especially spermatogenesis, and in deer by shedding of the antlers and a marked increase in vocalizing and aggression. The vocalizing is a distinctive deep roar known as 'the rut'. The aggressive actions have the effect of keeping attending females close and competing males at a distance.
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Producer Adam White said: "These animals have absolutely no let-up during the autumn rutting period.
When bucks begin to mature into rut-worthy critters, they increase their rutting activities and gain confidence with each passing year.
Belinda Barclay, Knowsley Safari's Animal Manager, said: "The fallow deer rutting season is an exciting time here at Knowsley Safari.
Late September to early October is rutting time, when the males fight it out for control of the harems, clashing antlers and roaring into the morning mist.
All of my hunting life I've heard you just can't pattern rutting bucks.
The rutting season, from October to November, is now long gone so this deer is more likely to have been spooked by noise.
In this study, pavement surface deflections measured prior to trafficking have been related to the rutting performance of four flexible pavement test sections at the FAA's National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF).
An investigation of the site revealed that severe rutting of the asphalt pavement was taking place once again in the westbound turning lane, on the order of 75 to 100 mm.
The rutting season is when the fallow deer males compete for the right to mate with the does by furiously clashing antlers to determine the strongest, most powerful buck in the herd; the deep-sounding belches are the first signs of the rut.
The rutting season is triggered by the shorter daylight hours and cooler weather.
One way to protect trees from rutting bucks is to keep deer away from the trees, or at least the youngest ones.