Montana Outdoors

September 6, 2009

A visitor today

Filed under: Animals, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, White-tail deer — Tags: — montucky @ 10:06 pm

There are a couple of does that I think live in our little canyon, but this young fellow has just started visiting for our apples.




  1. What a handsome little guy! Hopefully, he will stay safe in your canyon by your firewood. Are there hunters around where you are?


    Comment by Candace — September 6, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

    • He’ll be safe if he stays here because we won’t let anyone hunt here, nor do we, but he won’t stay here all the time. There are hunters around but the even bigger danger for this guy is the highway that he crosses daily to get to the river. The highway and the railroad that isn’t too far away take a terrible toll on the wildlife. I’d guess this buck is probably about 3 years old and so he has some experience and so far has obviously done OK.


      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

  2. What a handsome young fellow too! Nice and sleek. Nice shot against your lodge pole pine pile. Hope you manage to salvage some apples, but hope he enjoys what he takes. 😀 He needs to be fattened up to survive the winter. Sorry to learn that he has the dangers of highway and trains to deal with. But as you say, he has some savvy to be this age and has survived.


    Comment by Iona — September 7, 2009 @ 12:18 am

    • He and his friends usually get most of the apples. This has been a super summer for the animals: they should be ready for winter and hopefully do well again as they did last year.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

  3. Beautiful! Smart fella knows “an apple a day….” ;o)


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — September 7, 2009 @ 2:26 am

    • Yes, he knows. He also knows about a couple of feral pear trees around too. And, of course, all of the gardens.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

  4. I’m sure the does will become more of an interest as the year progresses. You should ask him to cut up a cord for ya! 🙂


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 7, 2009 @ 6:05 am

    • A little more than 2 months and he will be interested in the does. He doesn’t do any work on the wood pile, but he’s pretty good at trimming the grass.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

  5. I see he was by your wood pile. Why, he certainly is a good looking deer with those velvety antlers, and what a nice capture! Montucky, do you ever find antlers on your hikes?


    Comment by Anna Surface — September 7, 2009 @ 8:51 am

    • I do find a few antlers but not as many as you might expect. I don’t usually go looking for them though. I tried once this spring but deep snow stopped me about a mile from where I wanted to go for elk antlers.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  6. It’s heart warming to see people who are conscious of not taking animal lives for granted and value them as their own. He is beautiful!


    Comment by Sumedh Prasad — September 7, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    • Many of us do value the lives of wildlife, Sumedh, but still many don’t. There are almost too many deer for their own good at the moment, but so far a mild winter is predicted again so they may be OK.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

  7. He looks to be in excellent health,.. here’s wishing him a long and happy apple-eating life!


    Comment by Cedar — September 7, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    • I wish him well too, Cedar. We enjoy seeing all of the wild critters here although the deer are real pests for the garden! For the last week we’ve been visited daily by a family of turkeys too and a few days ago there were a couple of nice, big rams just down the river a couple of miles.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

      • Rams? As in Big Horns? I saw some from a distance when I visited Pikes Peak years ago. I’ve taken some nice portraits of the ones at the local zoo. I would really love to hear and maybe see the males butting heads over the ewes someday.


        Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 8, 2009 @ 9:09 am

        • Yes, Bighorns. There are lots of them in this area, both directions. We’ve had them in our yard several times, but most of them are to the west of here a few miles. When I go down that way I feel that I’ve had a great day if I see more Bighorns than I do people. About 10 years ago I did get to see them butting heads. It’s an experience I’ll never forget. One huge ram took on four challengers, one at a time. After each challenge, he would take a step back and look around regally, inviting the next challenger. It makes me feel good knowing that there are animals like that still in the wild!


          Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

  8. Love the detail in his antlers. A fine young buck!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — September 7, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    • He looks pretty good. It will be interesting to see him in a few more years if he’s still around, although then he will probably have moved to higher country.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

  9. i love deer… in pictures. a gardener’s nightmare unfortunately.


    Comment by kcjewel — September 7, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

    • They are hard on gardens. In fact this year we didn’t even plant one. I plan to build at least a temporary fence around our garden area next year though. Last year they ate everything but what was in the greenhouse.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

      • So it goes. But some people actually give offerings to the deer to draw them in. I guess they aren’t seen as pests by some gardeners.


        Comment by scienceguy288 — September 8, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

  10. I think he just stopped by to check on your progress on that load of fire wood! Cool image, Terry.


    Comment by edvatza — September 8, 2009 @ 4:33 am

    • He may have at that. I’m sure he smelled it. I cut more and the smell of the pine is strong.


      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

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