While photographing wildlife I find myself concentrating upon trying to capture the image when the animal is doing something interesting. This photograph is one of those moments.
For some time after shedding their velvet, bucks frequently feel the need to scratch their pedicils. Here a nice eight-point leisurely uses his rear hoof to relieve the itch. Soon he will be thrashing bushes with his new headgear; toning his muscle's while conditioning his reflexes for the rut that is still a few weeks away.
Great shot! What a beautiful buck. Up here this would be counted as a four point buck. For some reason, I don't know, we only count one side!
...that is definitely an interesting shot!
Just a really nice shot. You seem to be able to get so close to them!
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