Photo Friday: The Buck Stops Here

No, I’m not talking about the fact that I don’t go shopping on Black Friday. Actually, wild horses couldn’t drag me out shopping today. But earlier in the week something did get me running outside with my camera.

I’ve mentioned our ever growing herd of deer on several occasions. I’m no math major, but with that many deer, there has to be one or two males present. And last weekend one of them was out grazing in broad daylight at 11am in the morning!

male white-tailed deer (click on any image to enlarge)

This buck had a pretty nice sized rack on him. I tried to get closer for a good look with my telephoto lens. The buck was amazingly cooperative, letting me get to within fifteen feet of him before he turned tail and ran. He’s probably not used to being challenged like that by a camera-pointing human.

getting up close to buck

I make it out to be an eight point buck. So he’s been around for a while for sure. And he’s likely been prolific as well, judging by all the young deer I see running around.

I finally got a little too close

He paused for one look back before heading into the woods.

one last look

He really does need to be a little more cautious though. It’s hunting season, and not everyone out there is going to be ‘shooting’ with a camera like me!

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4 Responses to Photo Friday: The Buck Stops Here

  1. GrafixMuse says:

    Oh, he is beautiful! I too wish our neighborhood deer were more frightened of humans for their own sakes.

  2. Jody says:

    What an amazing creature! And you are right. I’m going out on Monday, and if I see something like that I’ll be taking a shot too!

  3. Liz says:

    That is such a stunning animal – it must be fabulous to be able to see them wild.

  4. Marcia says:

    What an animal! I’ve seen one around here once that had 8 points. Is that what yours had? I’ve also been hearing the gunshots that started yesterday: hunting season. We haven’t given permission to anyone to hunt but others adjoining us must have.

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