Roe buck in flowers

After a few days’ heatwave there comes a storm. During the heatwave all the animals stay deep in the forest but after the storm they all come out. At the moment it’s the Roe buck mating season so their barking can be heard loudly everywhere.

Amusingly, but terrifying for us, as we were out walking, one Roe buck was barking its head off in a nearby stretch of trees, some 20 metres from the track. Suddenly came the loudest, deepest, most aggressive boar snort I’ve ever heard. this call shook the air and down to my bones. A few seconds later, the buck came bolting out of the woods and my wife and I decided to take a run for a few hundred feet until we were a bit out of the area. The buck must have really been annoying where the old boar was wallowing and it let it know in no uncertain terms. We really didn’t wanted a disgruntled boar come flying out of the bush at us.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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