Sunday, November 23, 2008
With the Whitetail Rut in full swing for the past two weeks I have been focusing all of my attention on this year’s crop of bucks. I have been photographing bucks both in Shenandoah National Park and in my home area of South Central Pa.
The natural habits of the whitetail in both locations are alike but their acceptance of humans is completely different. The park deer are generally acclimated to human presence and go about their day with little regard of human intrusion unless someone invades their comfort zone. If one wants to observe and photograph natural whitetail behavior places like SNP are ideal.
Photographing wild buck in areas open to hunting is a different matter entirely. These bucks are forever on guard for humans as any and all humans are seen as a deadly threat.
The buck pictured here is one of those bucks. Willard and I photographed him this afternoon as he pursued a doe. When he was within 100 yards, even with mating on his mind, the clicking of our shutters was enough to cause alarm. His concern for survival was powerful so that he left the hot doe and fled to into the woodland.