White-tailed Deer Of Summer

October 20, 2014  •  1 Comment

The White-tailed Deer is an extremely adaptable animal.  All they require is food, water, and cover.  In late summer and early fall, which is when all the following photos were made, I find the best viewing in soy bean fields (food).  I find, while eating, they tend to give an intruder, me, a little more time before fleeing into the woods.  Below is a female, called a doe, following a path through a soy bean field.

White-tailed DeerDoe


Let's face it, all wildlife babies are cute.  But, the Whitetail fawn, to me, is the most beautiful baby in the woods.  Just like my litter sister Shelties, when one does something, the sibling has to follow.  Whitetail seem to be no different.  These two fawns weren't quite sure about me.  They paced and circles the edge of the woods before striking this pose.

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed DeerYearlings


As if it was trying to hide, the fawn peeks over the head of its sibling.

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This is a nice, symmetrical, 8-point buck with velvet still covering its growing antlers.  I haven't been back into his area lately to see how the antlers matured.  Maybe I'll see him again in the next few weeks.

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed DeerUpright 8-point


I came across a couple doe and their families feeding in a meadow.  I don't know my "weeds" very well so I'll just say, "look at all those burs stuck to her fur".

White-tailed DeerDoe


It seems like the fawn has been following close to mom as it is covered in burs too. 

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In the summer, the coat of the White-tailed Deer lacks an undercoat.  It is made up of a coat of short guard hairs that are mostly reddish in color.  Deer have very few sweat glands so these short hairs allow them to keep cool by providing air circulation.

White-tailed DeerDoe and her fawns


Here is a little fawn, tail wagging, feeding in a meadow.

White-tailed deerfawn


Mom on the other hand, is wary of the guy with the big lens, and stomps her foot.  There have been studies, by scientists, on why mammals stomp their feet.  They believe there are five reasons:

1) To proclaim a territory

2) To defend territories or mates

3) Part of mating interactions

4) To indicate subordinance

5) To communicate danger from predators 

In the case of deer, it is believed the primary purpose of hoof stomping is to communicate the presence of danger. It isn't known whether it's intentional or a nervous reaction, but it does send the message that something is not quite right.

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed DeerDoe stomping the ground to warn others of potential danger


One early September morning, I came across this fawn in the early morning light.  The spots are fading as it's winter coat is coming in.

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed DeerFawn in the early morning sunlight


It was nearing darkness when I came across these two bucks in a field of soy beans.  Although they were about 150 yards away, they stood still long enough to get a decent quality shot after cropping.  Take note, the antlers of the buck on the left is still covered in velvet while the buck on the right has already shed his velvet.

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed DeerTwo White-tailed deer buck in a soy field. The buck on the left still has all its velvet attached whereas, the buck on the right has already rubbed his off.


That last photo is a good Segway into my next blog post titled "The Boys Of Autumn".  Check back soon for a blog post dedicated to the buck.

Thanks for looking,



Julie G.(non-registered)
Dan, these are spectacular images of of the beautiful White-tailed Deer seen in your area! How fortunate that the deer do not seem to mind your presence. The fawns are so very precious, I just love watching them leap about playfully. Photographing the deer enveloped by the lush, green soybeans and grasses really enhance your stunning images. The bucks certainly are handsome. They are especially elusive on our country property. Looking forward to your Boys of Autumn post!

Also, an appreciative thank you for the kind remarks you left on my recent blog post. I hope you are having success photographing both the Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. They are such busy little birds and most of my images turn out blurry. To answer your question, yes, we do see a lot of Ruby-crowned Kinglets passing through our area. There seems to be greater numbers of Golden-crowns, though. Last week I counted 15 - 20 of each on one 2 hour outing.
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