Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Big Mountain Buck

This was our fourth day in the beautiful Seven Devil's range in Idaho. We were camped at a big mountain lake called Baldy. I woke up in my tent early in the morning to the sound of a big animal rustling around in the brush outside... At first I thought it was one of our neighbor's animals. They came in with horses and mules the night before, long after we had set up camp. They didn't bother tying their animals up either, and every so often one of them wandered into our camp. I kept worrying that one would mistakenly walk over my tent in the dark, with me inside. So here I was, laying there, thinking a horse was outside. I wiped the sleep out of my eyes, unzipped the door, and peeked out...  But instead of a horse or a mule, to my surprise and utter amazement, there stood not 20 feet away the biggest buck I had ever seen. I grabbed my camera and took as many pictures as I could before he bolted, but these two here are the best.

Now, I'm not a hunter or an expert on deer, but my guess is that this is a Mule Deer.