Alpha Male Deers Too Busy Dominating to Do the Does

The scientist really does call this The Sneaky Fucker Strategy:

Among deer, for example, the studly stags customarily fight among themselves, establishing a brutal pecking order that, it had been assumed, meant dominant males got to mate with the most attractive young does. However, thanks to techniques such as genetic fingerprinting of herd bloodlines, it has been shown that while the Monarch of the Glen is off crossing antlers with Dasher and Dancer and Comet and Cupid, the Percy pants Rudolphs are lolling around, having sex to their heart’s content with the bored females and getting them pregnant.