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Mar
12

Yearling Buck

Male Whitetail Deer lose their antlers sometime during Winter, making it very difficult to tell a buck from a doe, so I look for cues from their behavior.

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I spotted this doe grazing with a yearling and began shooting pictures of them.  Considering they are instinctively flight animals, she bravely presented herself by walking to within twenty feet of me.  So close I had to change the settings on my lens so the auto-focus would focus.

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The yearling with her then walked between her and I.  I’ve been in this situation before and recognize it as something bucks will do.  I knew at this point I was shooting a mother and her yearling son.

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The bucks will begin growing their antlers during spring.  In this photo you can see what appears to be his antlers starting to grow.

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2 Responses to “Yearling Buck”


  1. March 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Beautiful in every way!

  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    March 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Thank you for your very nice compliment.


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