The scene could have been taken directly from a 1980s Vietnam-era war movie, only in this case, the unsuspecting victim wasnt a soldier, but a respectable 8-point whitetail buck, and the backdrop was the shoreline of Lake Hartwell, not the Mekong Delta.
Scent pheromones and their distinct odors are instinctively utilized by whitetails to convey a realm of communication related to dominant hierarchy and sexual interactions. They are crucial for other social relations particularly with females raising their offspring. These scents are produced by several different glands, and serve deer of all ages and both sexes.
The rut is a special time for South Carolina deer hunters. For most, its the prime time to get the drop on a trophy buck. Its the one time of the year when the monster bucks let their survival guard down just a bit and make mistakes they normally dont make, enabling hunters to harvest big deer that otherwise are too stealthy or have simply become nocturnal.