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The Buck Stops Here

I rolled out of bed early yesterday morning and headed for the woods with the hope of getting a few photos of Whitetail Deer. Eastern North Carolina isn’t one of those places where one can easily find wildlife willing to pose for photos. We don’t have a national park close by where the wildlife has been habituated to humans. Instead we have acres and acres of dense forest where every fall hunters armed with bow & arrow, muzzle loading rifles and modern firearms go hunting. When your impression of humans is that of a creature that hurls arrows and lead in your direction, standing pretty for a photo isn’t something you’re likely to do.

That’s not to say you can never get lucky and find a deer or two standing out in the open that you can get a photo of, but it’s a bit rare. There are also a few locations… “safe zones” if you will where you’re odds of getting in camera range is a bit better than it is in the National forest or National Wildlife Refuge. It pays to develop a bit of knowledge about the area you live in and the animals you wish to photograph.

Whitetail Deer in a forest along the North Carolina coast.

Whitetail "button buck."

Whitetail “button buck.”

Whitetail deer buck.

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Rainy Day in the Croatan National Forest

I got up early yesterday morning, planning on looking for some macro shots in the Croatan National Forest. Before I could set-up my first shot the skies started darkening and then opened up with a down pour. Considering the weather, I decided to spend some time scouting for new spots by driving a few forest roads I hadn’t explored before. On one road I came upon a fawn standing in the middle of the forest road. I’m not a fan of shooting out of a vehicle window. I prefer to get out in the field when making images. However I knew if I opened the door and stepped out the fawn would be gone. Being too good of an opportunity not to take advantage of, I took a few shots, eased the car forward and took a few more. After my second move forward that fawn was joined by it’s mother, providing a wonderful “Bambi & Mother” photo op. I kept working closer and closer to the pair and eventually, of course, they headed off into the woods.

Continuing my exploration I headed on down the road to it’s termination. I swung the car around and headed back out the way I came. Much to my surprise and delight I spotted another deer standing in the road. I swallowed my “shooting out the window of a vehicle isn’t real nature photography” attitude once again and hung the camera out the window. As I shot and crept in closer two more whitetails joined their friend on the road. The watched me, fed a bit, watched me some more and eventually moved casually into the forest. Come fall I have a good idea of where to do some “real nature photography” and set-up a portable stand for some whitetail deer photography.


A whitetail deer stands in the center of a forest road in the Croatan National Forest.

Three amigos... a trio of deer walk along an isolated forest road.

A fawn standing in a forest road.

A doe and her fawn in the Croatan National Forest.

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