While processing a few images from the last couple of days of attempting to photograph the ongoing whitetail rut I was reminded of my days as a deputy conservation officer. One would meet successful hunters, happy with the outcome of their day afield and others who were far less than satisfied with their hunt and ofttimes the entire Pennsylvania Game Commissions deer management program. It was very common for these unhappy individuals to question "Where are all the deer?" The question frequently peppered with a variety of expletives. Another commonly heard comment, likewise spiced with expletives was " I didn't see a thing all day!
As I scrolled through some of my latest images I thought about how sad it is that some people can spend a day afield without seeing anything. While its quite possible to not encounter the particular species that one is seeking, only a person without an appreciation for nature can spend a day in the outdoors without seeing anything.
The images below are from a recent day afield, a day when I was unsuccessful in my quest for rutting whitetails.