Glad to see a new follower and taking a stab at my Big Buck question of the week. Congrats to Brook and Ben G. for their input. Ben you're on the board!
Bucks loose 25-40 percent of their body weight during the breeding season. The bucks tend to look run down and beat up during this time. As the rut passes, their swollen necks return to normal size and their interest in does passes.