|Interest In Whitetail Bucks Is High In Late November|
As most of the does are bred by now, it is common to find several bucks pursuing one hot doe. The inexperienced who is scouting for a spot to hunt whitetails, often sees such a situation such as this and makes the mistaken assumption that this is where the bucks are usually found, and so decides to spend the first day of season in this spot. Of course it may be a good spot and they may harvest a buck, but it is very likely that most of the bucks will be somewhere else. They were only there that day because a hot doe was there.
|Buck In Hot Pursuit Of Doe|
|Bucks Attract Much Attention, Both Legal And Illegal|
Sometimes one was still working long after dawn the next morning, if they encountered a serious offense that took hours to investigate and bring to closure. But it was more likely that one was in bed by 3:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m., and then it was back out at dawn for some small game hunting, or as my priorities changed--wildlife photography. Mid-day was spent sleeping and then the process was repeated all over again on the following night. As we grew older this schedule was curtailed somewhat, but even in our last year of working, it was a grueling time. At one time there was little likelihood that one would make it through this period without encountering a serious offense and often there were several to deal with.
Today, the law enforcement is a thing of the past, but I am still out there most days, documenting the whitetail behavior and keeping a close eye on the welfare of the local whitetail herd. It is always a special thrill to catch a whitetail in the perfect pose--even though the subject may not be a large buck.
|Whitetail Buck Performs Lip-curl|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.