Dec 22 2010
An incredible experience interacting with the Whitetail deer.
A cold late afternoon I decided to take a walk in a local park well known for its wildlife, including a sizable population of whitetail deer. Armed with my Canon 50D and a 70-200 2.8 lens, I set out looking for a few deer.
After nearly an hour and a half walking this 68 acre park, I finally got a glimpse of movement in the woods. A snow covered ground, anything the size of a deer could easily be seen. Standing on the woods edge, I watched what appeared to be at least two dozen deer slowly meandering through the woods. Mostly doe, but I did spot a few with antlers.
The direction in which they were traveling, I knew they would have to change directions. They were heading directly into a residential area. On a hunch, I decided to slowly walked directly into the woods, positioning myself right in their path if they were to turn around. I was right, that’s exactly what most of them did, turn around.
I was spotted by a few of the deer walking into the wood, although it didn’t seem to phase the doe. The bucks on the other hand hightailed it out of there, never to be seen again.
I positioned myself next to a large tree, partially obscured from the deers poor eye sight. My plan was working, they turned around and were walking directly toward me. At one point there were a few not more than 15 to 20 feet from me. The sound of my camera’s shutter startled a few; that’s how close they were.
As you’ll see in the photos, at one point a deer ran directly at me and then stopped, in an attempt to scare me off. In all the years I used to hunt deer, I have never been this close. I still hunt deer, but instead of carrying a shotgun, I carry a Canon.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
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