Montana Outdoors

February 21, 2021

Whitetails

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 6:00 pm

Whitetail buck

Whitetail buck

Whitetail doe

Whitetail doe

Whitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn ~ about 5 months old

Whitetail deer, Odocoileus virginianus

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  1. Great shots, especially the close-ups. We have white-tailed deer in our garden day in day out, and we LOVE them.
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    Comment by Pit — February 21, 2021 @ 6:03 pm

    • Thanks Pit. They are easy to fall in love with. I also see them every day and have gotten so that I can recognize many individually. They are wonderful creatures!

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 8:58 pm

      • I must admit, we have not yet been able to kind of recognize (some of) them individually. But they sure are amazing. 🙂

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        Comment by Pit — February 23, 2021 @ 8:30 am

        • It took awhile, but there are now several I can recognize right away by their actions and attitudes. Knowing how relatively fragile their lives are makes it bittersweet though.

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          Comment by montucky — February 23, 2021 @ 9:09 pm

          • “Bittersweet”
            I agree. We’re always worried about them being killed on the roads, especially the young ones.
            As to getting to know them “personally”: I should really sit outside on the porch or even in the yard more often and longer to watch them.

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            Comment by Pit — February 24, 2021 @ 8:21 am

            • Yes, the roads and in the fall, hunters. We also have predators that take deer, especially cougars. Yet, I know of some that have been around many years.

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              Comment by montucky — February 24, 2021 @ 8:36 am

              • Right, there are the hunters, too. I’ve never been able to understand that there’s supposedly fun in hunting animals.
                We don’t have cougars here. We do have Coyotes, though. And I think deer could also be killed by rattle snakes.

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                Comment by Pit — February 24, 2021 @ 11:02 am

  2. How wonderful it is to see you post again! I’d been wondering how you’re doing, hoping you were well. I love seeing the whitetail. Several years ago. a small group bedded down in my back yard at night. I felt so cared for …

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    Comment by teresaevangeline — February 21, 2021 @ 6:09 pm

    • Thank you Teresa! Everything is well here. I’ve missed blogging and intend to start again now that things are not quite so busy. I see whitetails up close every day and I’m very fond of them.

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:02 pm

  3. Welcome back. I haven’t seen anything from you in ages. We’re still in Oregon. Went through horrid fires and smoke last fall. Just survived an ice storm. Lack of power stressful. Lots of trees in town destroyed with 1.25″ of ice on branches. Salem will hardly be a cherry city this spring. – take care – Lynn

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    Comment by Lynn Millar — February 21, 2021 @ 6:13 pm

    • Hi Lynn! I’m glad that you have survived! I know what the fires are like: we have plenty here although last summer was a very good one or us. We lost a lot of trees in a big wind stotm a month ago too, but suffered little damage other than losing some nice trees. I hope your good weather will return soon! There are a few signs o spring starting to show now.

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:06 pm

  4. Glad to see you are still around! With everything that has happened in the past year, many people have ‘disappeared’ from the blogging world. It is always great when a person resurfaces.
    In my neck of the woods, we are seeing almost as many mule deer as white tails. We never used to see mulies. Bigger though, is the frequent appearance of moose. There are at least 4 of them. They are pruning our willow and aspen and I have been able to get lots of photos from the safety of my house and deck.

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    Comment by Margy — February 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

    • Thanks Margy. I just seemed to get too busy, then finally to re-align things according to better priority and hope to be around more often. We also have lots of mulies around now too since they have recovered very nicely in this area the last few years.

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:10 pm

  5. Great seeing your photos again!

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    Comment by Anonymous — February 21, 2021 @ 6:40 pm

  6. What a very nice surprise.. to see this and such a treat to see these sweet deer. Those eyes.. Thank you Montucky~

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    Comment by Mother Hen — February 21, 2021 @ 6:59 pm

    • Thanks! Yes, it’s easy to love the deer, especially when I get to see them every day now at very close range. They have individual personalities, much like people do.

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:15 pm

  7. It’s such a delight to see your post, and to catch a glimpse of this beautiful family. The doe is especially appealing; she looks as though she’d like to nuzzle you!

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    Comment by shoreacres — February 21, 2021 @ 7:05 pm

    • Thank you Linda! I’ve realigned some priorities and hope to be active in the blog world again. That particular doe has become very friendly and I have been able to touch her, which is a real privilege!

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:21 pm

      • You’re being with us a bit more would be delightful — maybe even more delightful than having heat again and not having to boil water!

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        Comment by shoreacres — February 21, 2021 @ 9:34 pm

        • I was thinking about you during the bad weather you have had. That must have been rough! Here we are equipped for that sort of thing with alternative means of heat especially, but I can imagine what it would be like to lose heat and power and water at the same time for extended periods.

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          Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:51 pm

  8. Oh it is so wonderful seeing your post! I have missed you! Hoping that you are well. Super deer photos

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — February 21, 2021 @ 7:26 pm

    • Thank you Julie! Yes, everything is well here. I have missed blogging and hope to be active once again.

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:24 pm

  9. So nice to see you around these parts again, Montucky! We’ve missed your beautiful photos, like these! Hope you’ve been well?

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — February 21, 2021 @ 8:08 pm

  10. Glad to see you post again, Montucky! Been wondering where you were off to. Beautiful photos of t he deer. Where I am in the Cascade foothills the local species is the blacktailed deer, a subspecies of mule deer.

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — February 21, 2021 @ 8:37 pm

    • Thank you Lavina. I intend to be back in the blogging world again.
      The old timers around here used to call the mulies Blacktails too. I figured out years ago that they are not, and during a few trips into your area was privileged to see your real blacktailed deer. In the 1990’s mule deer were nearly gone in this region, but thankfully they recovered well and are now plentiful here and I see both Whitetails and Mulies every day now.

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:32 pm

  11. Really missed your posts. So glad to see you are back. Hope you will stay. Great photos.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — February 21, 2021 @ 8:53 pm

  12. It is absolutely wonderful to see another post from Montucky..

    I used to get them all the time. I am hoping you will continue to send these, I love the animal life as well as the other photos you share..

    Hope all is well and stay safe Good so far here.. Frances Schenck still in Clark Fork ,Idaho.

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    Comment by Frances Schenck — February 21, 2021 @ 9:14 pm

    • Thank you Frances, that is very touching and I’m so happy to hear from you! I’m very glad that things are good there! We are all fine here too and I intend to become active on the blog again. I have missed all of the folks too very much.

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      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2021 @ 9:54 pm

  13. Great shots. Those white-tailed deer look both cute and almost….. tame. I hope you’ll be back online more regularly now? I’ve missed your wonderful mountain scenes (and the snow).

    Hope you are well and safe at this difficult time in the U.S.

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    Comment by Vicki — February 22, 2021 @ 12:36 am

    • Thanks Vicki. Yes, the doe and fawn have become friends. The buck is still rather aloof.
      Things have been good here in this rural area. Almost normal. I do intend to get back into blogging as before and I’m excited about that.

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      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2021 @ 8:14 am

  14. Glad to see you back with lovely photographs.

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    Comment by puzzleblume — February 22, 2021 @ 3:16 am

  15. Welcome back, Terry…it’s so nice to see you here again.

    What wonderful images you have brought us…seems that you must have been rather close to the doe and fawn…what a treasure!

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    Comment by seekraz — February 22, 2021 @ 7:16 am

    • Thanks Scott. The doe and fawn along with several others are friends and have learned to trust me. I see them every day while doing chores.

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      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2021 @ 8:20 am

      • You’re welcome, Terry…and how wonderful to have such friends!

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        Comment by seekraz — February 27, 2021 @ 11:02 am

  16. Beautiful photos, as always, and really delighted to see you posting again. Missed you, Montucky. I like the eyes and the expression on the doe, and the resolution and focus so clear that you can see the individual hairs on the deer. Lovely!

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    Comment by jessicagurevitch — February 22, 2021 @ 8:25 am

    • Thanks Jessica. I’m happy to be back posting again. The deer are good subjects because now they permit me to get very close.

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      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2021 @ 9:14 am

      • I just saw the movie The Octopus Teacher, it sounds like you and the deer are following that same approach! It’s a wonderful movie if you haven’t seen it.

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        Comment by jessicagurevitch — February 22, 2021 @ 9:58 am

  17. Pleased to see you back, was wondering what had happened, glad it was just a hiatus and nothing catastrophic.

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    Comment by David A Lockwood — February 22, 2021 @ 12:56 pm

  18. Montucky!! 🙂 It made my face smile to see your name under my Reader and see you post once more. Gosh, mister, we have missed you and your wonderful photography out here in the blogosphere. I was worried something had happened to you. So good to see you back.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — February 22, 2021 @ 3:48 pm

    • Thank you! It will be good to get back with you and all of my friends again. I think perhaps the break did me good: if nothing else it made me know what I was missing.

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      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2021 @ 8:18 pm

  19. Let me make it unanimous that we’re so excited to see you back. Sometimes I think blogging is almost extinct with Facebook, Instagram, and all that but it is far superior to them. Such sweet deer, how nice that you can touch the doe.

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    Comment by Candace — February 25, 2021 @ 10:46 pm

    • Thank you! Yes, I think there is nothing that really compares to blogging. It is good to be returning to it.

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      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2021 @ 10:54 pm


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