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An old buck

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Not bad for West Virginia.

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Not a coyote, but I’ll take it:

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It’s just the musk from the glands that brought in this deer, who is apparently too wise to come into the other camera.

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Morning diners

I woke up this morning to these two breakfast diners, a doe and her “button buck” fawn.

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They have been eating acorns that have been blown onto the bank.  Acorns are vital for white-tailed deer in this area. They are about the only food that can give them the right amount of fat and protein to make through the winter.

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If you look closely, you can see the buttons just above his eyes.

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The buttons are the first set of antlers that a buck will have. These will be shed in mid-winter, and next year, he will likely grow what is called a spike rack.

If he were a fallow, we’d call him a prickett at that stage, but the correct term for a white-tailed deer with small antler without any tines is a “spike buck.”

 

 

 

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The sun was not cooperating, but look at the beards on those toms!

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Outside of the mating season, male and female turkeys form sex-segregated groups.

Oh, and a word about the terminology:

In the UK, the term for a male turkey is a “stag.”

In North America, it is a “tom” for a mature male and a “jake” for a younger one.

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Maybe a little too close! His butt almost took down the camera!

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Check the time stamp.

 

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