The alarm jangled raucously at 2:15am. Bleary eyed, I stumbled from a warm bed to confirm that my wife was also aware that our short night of sleep was past.
By 3:00 am we were leaving our driveway with the wheels rolling south, south for a morning photo shoot in Shenandoah National Park.
Arriving at Big Meadow by 6:35 we were in time to meet Willard & Billie along the drive in front of the visitor center. They informed me that rutting action had taken place in the meadow the previous evening, but at the time only a few scattered doe were visible.
Within an hour this nice ten-point arrived pushing a doe. Another Shenandoah Rut Morning had begun.