I pulled this roll of film early due to the Thanksgiving holidays. However, I still got some great pics. Also, it appears that I have solved the reflection problem that I was having.
These next two images of does were taken on an old game trail that suddenly appeared to take on activity. The grass and weed growth was tall. The first pic was taken when it was very foggy.
These next six images were taken from a single position in an oak flat with rather open woods. This is an interesting location since you can see straight down a main game trail. This trail also intersects another trail about twenty feet in front of the camera. You may notice an old faded green lawn chair in the right-hand side of the photos. This old chair has been sitting there for years and was probably used for hunting. The first two images are of a neighbors coon hunting dogs that "never get out of the pen."
I can't conclusively tell what the small animal is that is approximately forty feet down the trail in front of the camera. The first cropping is a rescan at 600 dpi. The second cropping is a rescan at 600 dpi and then applying Adobe PhotoShop Extensis IntelliFix option.
A doe snacking on acorns.
Two does crossing this trail on another game trail that crosses this one.
One more deer crossing going the opposite direction.
I can't help it, folks. I got off the subject and started "deer hunting" again. I usually try to pick locations that will capture a variety of game movement and I was investigating an old dim logging road for game activity. A month ago I found where a big buck had been scraping on this old roadbed, but when I mounted the camera to try to get a photo, he never returned. Upon investigating this roadway two weeks later, I noticed that he (or another buck) started hitting his scrapes again. I abandoned my usual plan and mounted the camera right over one of his scrapes in hopes of getting his picture. The camera is mounted about six feet away from the scrape, which is the bald spot on the ground. All four of the next frames were taken at this location in the course of one night. If you look hard enough, you can see the tail of a deer and his eye reflection in the right-hand side of this picture.
A young doe.
This young buck is doing something called "pronking." He is hopping up and down on his front feet and bobbing his head over the scrape. This is something antelopes do, and the "experts" will tell you that this activity is not related to whitetail deer. However, you are seeing it on film here. I have seen other young bucks act this way when they encounter a scrape that is the property of a dominant buck.
Ah, success! My two cents says that this big boy owns the scrape. He is rubbing his right antler tip up and down the sapling and preparing to work the scrape again. Notice how he contorts his body in an effort to hold his antler perfectly perpendicular as he rubs up and down the sapling.