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Growing Up Whitetail Part III: Little Sister

In this group photo the deer have been joined by the young buck’s little sister.  She’s the doe at the back or second head from the left.  She’s a much more nervous deer than her brother but has allowed me to photograph her.

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I have photos of her when she was about two to three months old posted somewhere on this blog.  You’ll see her in the picture below, one of the earliest good shots I have of her.

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With her father nearby, she allowed me to take this picture.  Deer rely on their senses to determine a threat.  She’s all ears, and they rely heavily on their ability to hear something or someone sneaking up on them.

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While her mom watched nervously she walked right up to within twenty feet of me.  I thought it unusual at the time, until I realized that, nearby, her dad had been watching. 

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With her brother standing between her and I she circled back into the woods and eventually disappeared.  At about one year of age in this shot, she hasn’t gotten much closer than this since, probably because it wasn’t too much longer after this that these deer became targets for some rock-throwing-city-brats staying in the park.

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From early this winter, she’s the first deer on the right.  While she’s gotten some size to her, you can see she’s still smaller than the other mature does.

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