Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bill's Bucks

Almost 50 years ago, not long after they were married, Bill and his wife bought a small hill farm of about 50 acres. The open fields are bordered on all four sides by woodland beyond which are number of new houses, some of which are on fairly large properties.

For over a year I’ve had a couple of camera traps at Bill’s place. Those cameras have captured photos of both red and gray fox, raccoons and opossums and skunks, gray squirrels, wild turkeys, eastern coyote, black bear and quite a few white-tailed deer.

Recently I put one of my camera traps underneath a large red oak in a fencerow between two old fields. That red oak had an abundant crop of acorns which began falling in late September.

Those acorns attracted quite a few deer to feed on the abundance; fawns and lots of does –

And bucks; in all there were six bucks that repeatedly came to feed. Here are Bill’s bucks –

Bill doesn’t hunt, but he does allow a neighbor to hunt on their farm. Last year the neighbor never saw the large-antlered buck that one of the camera traps had photographed – it will be interesting to see what happens this year.


The Furry Gnome said...

So interesting to realize that all that wildlife is coming by unseen!

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous photos of the deer ~ hope the hunters miss the big buck this year too.

Wishing you a great weekend ~ ^_^

Barb said...

All those bucks look young except the one. I hope that one gets through another hunting season.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful shots of the deer. I hope the buck stays safe. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, have a happy weekend!