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.
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!
His antlers were surprisingly free of velvet and will now be polished in advance of the November rut.
From my point of view, there’s much work to be done. Game on!
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