Now cool whitetails


I am a hunter — but not the type who shoots to eat; I shoot to admire (and do so with a camera). 

However, if you want to understand some aspects of animal behaviour, you might consider hanging out with those who do shoot to eat. They see and track a great deal. 

Over a week ago, in the midst of the outrageous hot spell (mid to high 30s), I posted a picture of a Steller’s Jay supposedly complaining about the temperature. Karen Pidcock then asked: “How do you think the wild creatures are holding up in this heat?” I didn’t know. 

An internet search revealed that those who shoot to eat believe that deer hide in the shade rather than move about when the temperature is high. Indeed, I saw none during that hot spell. Yet now, with temperatures in the mid 20s, I saw three deer, and a more secretive male was seen twice. So, it seems, the deer are moving again.

A male white-tailed deer looks at me over his shoulder. As his antler development seems a bit late for July, he is probably a (first year) spike deer. 


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6 Responses to Now cool whitetails

  1. Gail Frampton says:

    What a lovely photo! Majestic like in appearance! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Trevor Goward says:

    Thanks Alistair

    This image is fairly dripping with a sense of real engagement. A definite keeper!

  3. Susi says:

    Those eyes!

  4. Karen Pidcock says:

    I wish I had such long eyelashes! Such a handsome lad, and I’ve taken closeups of deer whose tongues show too. Thanks, as ever, for your post!

  5. Carlo says:

    Alistair, the immaculate details of hirsute features in this portrait is remarkable! You must be very pleased with this one.

  6. Douglas Thorburn says:

    During the summer months one often sees mule deer bedded down on alpine ridges, enjoying the cooler air and (comparative) lack of annoying bugs. In days gone by I was occasionally lucky enough to see small groups of caribou lounging at the ridge tops on patches of snow.

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