Montana Outdoors

July 7, 2010

Afternoon visitor

Filed under: Animals, White-tail deer — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:35 pm

A little unusual in the middle of the afternoon. I think this little gal lives about a hundred fifty yards up toward the head of our little canyon where it’s completely undisturbed.




  1. She’s a beauty – so glad she gets to live undisturbed…


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — July 7, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

    • She will have a good life if she will stay away from the highway which is just about her only threat. We have two apple trees and in another month or so she will have apples on her breath.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

  2. Your photo is a joy as always! I have to admit I envy your big talent, and I enjoy your blog a great deal. 🙂


    Comment by Camilla — July 8, 2010 @ 2:41 am

  3. She’s out scouting your apple trees, Terry. I had a young buck wander through my backyard this summer. First deer I have seen since they cut down the woods behind my house for a housing development. 😛


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 8, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    • You bet she is, Scott. We have two very old apple trees that don’t amount to much and so we pick enough apples for a pie or two and the rest go to the deer and the birds and an occasional bear. I suspect also Raccoons, and a couple of years ago a porcupine spent some time in one of the trees.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

  4. Where we live, the Hill Country of Texas, White Tailed deer are a common sight – too common as predator suppression and population growth results in unhealthy over population. Still, when I have to “shoo” one of the does (and the rare buck) off the bird seed (we have a couple addicted to black oil sunflower seeds) I still do so in a certain awe of their beauty.


    Comment by Dave at collinda — July 8, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    • We have plenty of whitetails and a few miles away a pretty good population of mule deer, but neither are overpopulated here. We used to have a doe who came in every day about noon to lick up any sunflower seeds that the birds missed and get a good drink from the bird bath. I don’t mind that, but I did have to put a high fence around our garden so we could harvest a little ourselves. We see deer every day and I never tire of seeing them. Thanks for the visit!


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

  5. She’s a Beauty,
    Great Photos here on your blog!


    Comment by lazfreedman — July 8, 2010 @ 7:46 am

  6. I love to see deer! We have just a few in my immediate neighborhood but many more on the other side of our community near the golf courses and other lakes. I have seen deer on people’s front lawns munching away! Nice photograph today as always!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 8, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    • We have them visit frequently and usually there are one or two hanging out in our little canyon and they have a pretty good trail that goes behind out house up to a house with a large pasture a half mile up the hill. We think they are fun to have around.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  7. I love to watch deer graze and run through the woods. I had many in my front yard and garden when I lived in the mountains in Arkansas. I miss that.


    Comment by Barbara — July 8, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    • I would miss them very much if they were not around. I see them frequently when I’m hiking too and especially enjoy the mule deer. Across the river from us there is a deer herd of about two dozen and we can watch them as they come down to the river for a drink. The fawns are out now and they will play over there and also play in the water.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  8. She is pretty! Do the deer come to your yard to eat the flowers? I just noticed the tops are gone from all the asters.


    Comment by sandy — July 8, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    • We haven’t found much that they won’t eat, including flowers. We use a repellent called “Plant Skyd” that we mix and spray on the plants. It does keep them from eating those plants. I finally had to put up a high fence around the garden because they just destroyed everything there. I sure do enjoy going outside in the late evening and having one or more snort at me.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

  9. She’s so pretty in the dappled sunlight.


    Comment by Candace — July 8, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    • It was hard to adjust the camera for the sun/shade situation, but it turned out OK. She’s a yearling in very nice condition and her coat is very nice.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  10. You were very lucky when You captured her.

    Very lovely photo.


    Comment by sartenada — July 8, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

  11. she looks rather prissy don’tcha’ think? =o)


    Comment by Sandy — July 8, 2010 @ 11:05 pm

    • Yes, in a way. She’s just a youngster and a little nervous. Also maybe just a bit lonesome.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  12. If she were in our yard, there would be less of the garden there than there was the night before.



    Comment by knightofswords — July 9, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    • Deer and turkeys are just eating machines. I have finally learned that the burden of protecting the plants falls on me and a little fencing and some protective spray does the trick. I’m not quite sure how it will work out though when a bear decides he wants some garden vegetables.


      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2010 @ 9:21 am

  13. Oh, she is so beautiful and graceful (well, to me). Wonderful capture!


    Comment by Anna — July 9, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    • I agree about the beauty and grace. It’s a pleasure to see them run and they are amazing jumpers too. Just fluid motion.


      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2010 @ 9:24 am

  14. Great photo. I saw where they replayed “The Yearling” last week on TV. I hope this creature has better luck.


    Comment by Pinhole — July 9, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    • I hope so too. I enjoy having them around. A dozen years ago we had a very severe winter with a huge amount of snow. For weeks there was a young doe who stayed around the house and would sleep right under my bedroom window.


      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

  15. what lovely neighbors you have!


    Comment by silken — July 14, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    • This is one of the prettier ones, and she’s welcome any time.


      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

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