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Monday, September 16, 2013

Bucks In Velvet

At this time of year almost all of the bucks that I see still have their antlers covered in velvet.  In the days and weeks ahead they will be rubbing their antlers on bushes, limbs and trees to strip the velvet off.  Most of the bucks that are visible now are buttons, spikes or small racked deer...



Just a little over a month ago I photographed this very nice eight point buck in an alfalfa field.  His coat was shedding from  summer red and by now he is probably growing a winter coat of gray...


It is uncommon for the larger bucks to show themselves before the rut and I was especially grateful that this one allowed me to photograph him for several minutes...






If you are interested in seeing bucks such as this one in the future, please visit the Whitetail Deer Management Plan for the Monocacy National Battlefield:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsOpenForReview.cfm?parkID=173&projectID=35457 
and leave your opinion before the window for accepting public input closes on September 29.  Remember that mature deer are a precious public resource that belongs to all of us.

2 comments:

  1. Hi!
    Great Pictures.
    He seems Little skinny to me, you can see the ribs well....maybe worked out a lot during rut time

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  2. If he is thin it's not because of lack of food. He lives in the middle of hundreds of acres of soy beans, alfalfa and corn.
    Steve

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