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A WEEKEND IN THE RUT | Category: Hunting Camp

Jemes 4 years ago

Let me start by stating that I am not a videographer — no awards will be won by me. I’m a decent photographer and an acceptable (I think) writer, but I am fully aware that David Attenborough will not be contacting me any time soon for my video skills. That being said, if a picture is worth a thousand words then a video is worth considerably more of those words.
For years, words and pictures have been all I have have had to go by when researching the behaviors of deer (both white-tailed and mule) during the rut, but last weekend I was lucky enough to find myself surrounded by deer acting quite rutty. So, in between capturing still photos, I made use of my Nikon’s video function. According to some of my sources, white-tailed deer start their rut a week or so earlier than the muleys and that seemed to be true last weekend. Whitetail bucks were running through the shrubs and over the hills like hormonal teenagers, but once a whitetail buck found a doe that might be receptive, he tended to her with laser focus, only taking breaks to run off competitors.

However, the mule deer were just ramping up. “They’re not acting very rutty,” said one of the other photographers as we shot different angles of the same buck and doe. The bucks would chase the does to see whether they were ready and receptive. There was a fair amount of thrashing at rubs, snorting, sniffing, stamping and performing the flehmen response. If I capture more of their behaviors, I will update this post.

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Mark Totzke 4 years ago

Hi Jemes,

thanks for this awesome post and brilliant photos.
It surely looks like some very professional photography to me.
If you have have a video on youtube you can embed it in the forum posts as well.

Whereabouts is it?


a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
dazzling79 4 years ago

Oh! Beautiful photos! Thanks for the sharing. We want more!!

itsaboat 4 years ago

Those photos look quite good to me. You would have to be pretty picky to fault them

Thanks for posting. Very interesting. We look forward to seeing more.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Jemes 4 years ago

thank you

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