This morning as I drink my coffee I am sitting reading the book, Fallow Deer by Donald and Norma Chapman. I recently took this photo of bark fraying and wanted to extend my knowledge on the subject. It is a common observation amongst deer people that between velvet shed and antler drop fallow bucks will indulge in tow distinct types of behaviour. Namely thrashing at small trees and shrubs whilst fraying or bole scoring bark of bigger trees. The reasons for this are quite diverse and consist of antler cleaning, territory marking and scent scent depositing. A clear distinction between the two behaviours is not entirely clear. What I did learn from my readings which I found interesting is that Chapman suggests (proposed by Bubenik) that the thrashing of vegetation could also be practice for real fights. It may also enable the buck to get the measure of his new antlers, to make sure that he is familiar with their spatial arrangement before facing a live opponent. .