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Shootin' Whitetails

Bucks and Bigger Bucks

Mon, October 11, 2010

It’s great to be here at Heartland and working with Jeff again. I look forward to posting pictures and stories about what is happening with the deer herd in Central Illinois.  Autumn is advancing and so is the deer activity. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a marked increase in deer activity not only does, bucks too, and some big ones. Friendly sparring and tine tapping from two weeks ago has become more pronounced pushing and shoving among juvenile bucks.

Sparring Bucks1

Sparring bucks2

These young bucks are establishing their status among their peers. I watched as most of these bucks would spar with each other then move along the field edge stopping at scrapes with licking branches.

Sparring bucks3

Mature bucks are showing themselves in daylight hours too, and I’ve been able to photograph a few great looking bucks including the two below.

Big Boys1

Big bucks2

In the weeks ahead things will continue to heat up and I plan on being there to get some more shots.

Spotlight buck


Welcome Jim! Great Pics buddy!!!  That big basic 10pt is a hog!!!!

Posted by walmsley on October 12

Thanks Tim. I plan on getting some more shots of this guy!

Posted by mdoc on October 12

That ten is a brute, I like kickers. I would not pass on the big 8 either.

Posted by illin on October 12

Great work as usual MDOC!  Keep us posted on the activity you’re seeing.  (p.s.  I have lense envy…)

Posted by OZ on October 13

Great to see you here! Wonderful images- hope we can shoot together again this winter..I’m envious of your deer images - I’m pretty sure they are some of the best in our fair state smile

Posted by G on October 14

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