Mature White-tail Bucks

Deer are plentiful, a serious nuisance in many suburbs. However, mature bucks in their prime are uncommon and tend to be nocturnal. They are my new project. Following a lead on  sightings of a 4 to 5 year-old trophy, I investigated his territory last night to explore my options. I spooked does on my way in and was snorted at by a doe 10 meters behind me while hiding in the goldenrods.

I saw no antlered bucks and decided to capture the sunset before leaving.

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While reaching for my gear I saw movement in the dim light, apparently a deer at the edge of the hay field, about 150 meters away. It was the big guy!

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His antlers were surprisingly free of velvet and will now be polished in advance of the November rut.

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From my point of view, there’s much work to be done. Game on!

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

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5 thoughts on “Mature White-tail Bucks

  1. A gorgeous specimen indeed. I startled a cute little ‘spike’ as I drove up the driveway at the house we’ve been working on. I was amazed at how he scrambled up a very steep slope covered in brush. He seems to have a yen for the blackberries that are all over that hillside.

    • I thought this post would wake you up! I was in again last night, still trying to figure out how to get closer and overcome the limitations of bad lighting. Got a nice pic of a young buck but I went to field “B” and the big fella was behind me in field “A”. I pushed him on my way out. @#$%!! I’ll give it a rest and try again next week. Good luck in your white-tail adventures.

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