Tue 05-Feb-13 01:16 AM | edited Tue 05-Feb-13 01:21 AM by Lunastar
These images are of an impressive 6 X 6 whitetail buck captured a week apart. I was floored this weekend when I spotted him sans antlers! Another photog pal of mine and I spent 3 hours looking for his freshly shed head gear( by following his big tracks and blood drops in the snow) but had to leave for previous engagements before we found them-aargh! However, I called a shed hunter buddy and zeroed him in on the spot I figured they would be. He located them 15 minutes after arriving in the woods!
BTW, His snout doesn't appear sharp in the second image due to his icy exhalations and it's a rather large crop from landscape to portrait to display the head detail.
Brian, this deer bled a lot compared to other bucks I've photographed. In the first image the snow cover was light and the deer was bedded in a sun drenched spot on a leaf covered sandy river bank. I shot that image from a kayak as he was on an island.
In the second he had waded to another area about a 1/2 mile away after we had 10 inches of new snow. We now have an average winter snow pack.
Thanks, Steve! Yes he managed to stay out of harm's way so far. It's the poachers the deer are really susceptible to. You see, modern poachers now use very high powered and quiet air rifles to kill deer from their cars at night. We have had several killed that way the past year. Some are taken in summer for their velvet antlers.