"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Friday, November 5, 2010

November is the Rutting Time...

Here is a definition of "the rut" taken from Wikipedia: "White-tailed deer...

The rut for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) usually lasts from 1-3 months in the Northern Hemisphere and may occur most of the year in tropical zones. The rut is the time when white-tailed deer, especially bucks, are more active and less cautious than usual. This makes them easier to hunt, as well as more susceptible to being hit by motor vehicles.

Some people believe that the white-tailed deer rut is also controlled by the lunar phase and that the rut peaks seven days after the second full moon (the rutting moon) after the autumnal equinox on 21 September. However, study of white-tailed doe conception dates conducted in Minnesota between 1980 and 1987 showed no correlation between peak breeding dates of white-tailed deer and any lunar phase.

A white-tail doe may be in estrus for up to 72 hours, and may come into estrus up to seven times if she does not mate."
The first photo depicts an eleven point buck keeping watch on a doe who is nearing estrus.





The following photos were taken by my daughter, Sarah, on November 1st...















Deer are gorgeous creatures but you don't want to meet one by "accident".  Be careful when driving during the rut, especially at night.

Post Script:
I have taken a few more photos with the same theme so I am adding them to this post.  I hope you enjoy them.







1 comment:

  1. Steve it was great meeting you in SNP earlier this week. The one thing about photographing wildlife is all the people you meet doing it. The week did pick up, Tuesday evening it got pretty good for the last 45 minutes and Wednesday morning the finally found there way into the big meadow.

    I should start posting some next week. By the way next Monday and Tuesday I have my posts scheduled and it is the coyote playing and enjoying a vole he captured before eating it.

    Brad

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