It's that time of the year again for the male deer in the Great Smoky Mountains national park to rut and Cades Cove is the place to see them.
Most of the time when you drive around or hike in Cades Cove you can see a few bucks (male deer) carousing around with each other in the company of many Doe (female deer).
Now during rut the males are collecting their harems and sparring with each other which will increase in activity over the next few weeks.
Deer can be dangerous animals if provoked and during the rut male deer are far more aggressive. Contrary to popular belief it is the deer's hoofs that are more dangerous that there antlers.
This is a great time to watch the deer in the GSMNP but bring along binoculars or use a telephoto lens and keep your distance for the deer's safety, your safety and to observe national park regulation in keeping 50 yards away from wildlife.