Montana Outdoors

June 2, 2011

In velvet

Filed under: Mule deer — Tags: — montucky @ 9:58 pm

Mule deer

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  1. You captured the shot at the right moment,very nice

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    Comment by Anonymous — June 2, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    • Yes, he was about to disappear into the brush. I whistled to make him stop.

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      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

  2. The antlers do look like velvet. What a beautiful animal.

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    Comment by Candace — June 2, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    • The velvet stage of antler growth is a very rapid one. They can grow nearly an inch a day, one of the fastest of all known growth rates for animals.

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      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  3. Great capture! There seems to be so many bushes that Your shot is a real lucky shot.

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    Comment by sartenada — June 2, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

    • Yes, lots of brush and leaves, lots of food and cover for the animals. It’s a wonderful time of year for them!

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      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

  4. He does not look afraid of you, but very curious. The white tailed deer here, don’t look so rugged.

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    Comment by sandy — June 3, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    • He lives on the Flathead Indian Reservation and I don’t think there is a lot of hunting pressure in that particular area. When he reaches his prime in late summer, he will be a huge buck! Those antlers are only half of their final size.

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      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  5. He is a handsome creature!

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    Comment by kateri — June 3, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    • There are many like him on the east side of the Divide, but hunting pressure has taken its toll on the really big bucks in this area.

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      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2011 @ 11:08 am

  6. Ohhh what a beauty… he’s magnificent!!! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — June 3, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    • He is. I’d like to see him when those antlers are fully grown and out of the velvet! Perhaps, if I’m lucky.

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      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2011 @ 11:09 am

      • And maybe you’ll stumble across his “sheds” when you are looking for flowers to photograph next spring!

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        Comment by Kim — June 4, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

        • I’d love to, but I think they would belong to the tribe.

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          Comment by montucky — June 4, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

          • Or to the rodents who chew on them for the mineral content.

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            Comment by Kim — June 4, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

  7. Gorgeous! Late Summer, early Fall, you’ll be hearing him knock/rub tree trunks while shedding the velvet.

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    Comment by Barbara — June 3, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    • I just hope to see him when those antlers are fully grown!

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      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  8. you never cease to “wow” me!

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    Comment by silken — June 3, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    • I was photographing Bitterroots when I encountered this guy and happened to have my telephoto lens in my pack.

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      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

  9. Gorgeous shot … moments like that are like little gifts of life. Thanks for sharing your moment.

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    Comment by bearyweather — June 3, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    • They definitely are! One of the many reasons why I get outdoors as much as possible!

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      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

  10. What a shot!!! You were either pretty close or you really had a super zoom. Great clarity. The deer stands out so well in this image.

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    Comment by Preston — June 3, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    • Thanks Preston. That was with the 70-300mm VR Nikon lens.

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      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  11. I really love this picture. I don’t see many deer with their antlers.

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    Comment by Ratty — June 3, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    • I don’t run into very many this size that I can get close enough to for a picture. I was very pleased to see him!

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      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

  12. Those antlers do look like velvet… gorgeous creature.

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 4, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    • That’s a stage that they all go through. The antlers on this guy will be huge when they finish growing!

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      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

  13. Great shot!

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    Comment by Cedar — June 5, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    • Isn’t he pretty? Luckily I had my telephoto lens along!

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      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  14. Wow! Magnificent capture and mule deer. What a set of antlers!

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    Comment by Anna — June 6, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    • I sure hope to get a look at him when those antlers are full grown!

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

  15. Wonderful photograph!

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    Comment by muddepaws — July 26, 2013 @ 10:28 am


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