Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Rut Begins

The Whitetail pre-rut is kicking into gear here in southcentral Pennsylvania. Bucks are now scraping, checking their scrapes and following does in hopes of finding one in estrus.

The young buck pictured here is exhibiting the classic flehmen behavior. For a full description of this and for much better photographs of a huge buck exhibiting visit my brother Willard's blog.

For those of you, who live and drive in whitetail territory, drive carefully as the deer are becoming much more active particularly at dusk, dawn and throughout the night. Few things will ruin your day or the deer’s much quicker than to be driving when in your peripheral vision you see a flash of brown followed by a sickening crash. The damage they can do to an automobile is incredible not to mention the damage to the deer itself.

Drive carefully and enjoy the Rut, the most interesting time of the year in Whitetail Country.


9 comments:

Willard said...

That is a great shot!

Meggie said...

While driving home last Wednesday evening there was spike buck in the middle of the road taking its good ole time...not hurrying in the slightest to get to one side of the road or the other. Yes, the rut is a most interesting time of year in PA.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I really like this shot. Nice.

Montanagirl said...

This is a beautiful photo!

JPT said...

I had some Red Deer near to where I lived as a child and I always have and always will love the sound of the rut.

Tom said...

Excellent shot.... and I look forward to seeing more... I'm off over to Willards now.. as always..

imac said...

A wonderful Capture Coy.

Juan C. Aguero said...

Great photo!!

Ivar Ivrig said...

A beautiful shot. Great composition. A good background. Well done Coy