Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Youngster



Tonight after dinner I took the dogs out and found myself being stared at by a young whitetail buck, in velvet of course. This is the first whitetail I have seen for a while. Most of my resident deer are mulies and I have no idea where this citizen came from. He stayed for a while, but then got nervous when Emma started casting through the grass he was standing in. Nevertheless, he was amazingly placid, letting us get within about twenty-five yards of him before he bolted for the big wetland meadow.

I hope to see him again.

4 comments:

The Hermit said...

Looks like one of our deer here.

BobG said...

We don't have any whitetail in Utah except on a couple of the borders; all of ours are mulies. Whitetails are prettier.

Rio Arriba said...

I used to see more whitetails than I have lately. The local ranchers tell me that the mulies will drive off the whitetails. Since the whitetails are browsers and the mulies are grazers, they would rather have the whitetails.

Well, that's what they SAY. Some of them think their deer are made out of gold and NO HUNTING unless you pay, and pay plenty. $5000 is the going rate for a mulie and that is tee-totally-reediculous. Still, people pay it. Dummies.

Fortunately, I have plenty of places to hunt where the price is zip.

BobG said...

Mulies are browsers; if they look like they're eating grass they're not, they are actually eating the weeds and the seed heads on the grasses. A mulie will starve to death eating grass or alfalfa.