Wednesday, December 8, 2010

One Antler Buck

I got pics of this buck last winter. Once in early December and again in early February. If I would have only gotten the February pics I would have just thought the he had shed the antler on the right side. But being that it was already gone in early December I'm guessing that it was broken off fighting. You can't get a good look at the pedicle to see if it was broken off flush or if something else had happened to it. No one saw him live so I got no help there.


I enjoy the snow pics just not the snow. We haven't had much more than flurries but I heard on the news today that some of the counties across the mountains from me in West Virginia have up to 30". That's a good 25" to 28" more than I want to see...great pics or not :).





16 comments:

Farmchick said...

Interesting shot. My son also likes your photos.

Dawn said...

Snow shows everything in greater contrast.
Great captures of the Wild Side of things:)

texwisgirl said...

Liked your comment on the snowfall. So true!

So if an antler breaks off in battle, I'm assuming he'll grow a new set the next season? Kind of like our fingernails? (And no, mine are not manicured and painted - more like the buck's antler - broken, chipped or missing.) :)

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Nothing so pretty, as a deer in the snow covered woods. Do you know if he will shed the other antler?

heyBJK said...

I've always wondered if bucks were bothered by the fact that one antler was missing. They have to feel the weight difference, but I wonder if it's annoying to them. Cool photos, Joe!

Joe said...

Farmchick - Thanks. Glad your son likes them.

Dawn - Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your blog.

texwisgirl - Yes, it should grow back the next year and I was sure you'd have perfect manicured nails :).

Karen - Don't know for sure but I'm guessing it did.

BJK - One side would definitely be heavier than the other. I guess they get use to it after a couple of days.

Nancy said...

I often feel I'm one antler shy of a rack, so I can totally relate to this poor guy. Great photos, Joe. :)

Rachel said...

He's really handsome too! Looks very healthy otherwise.

Allison said...

These photos are BEAUTIFUL! I can feel the cold air in my lungs just looking at them!

Liesl said...

I love the close up shots. He is in good condition considering the cold weather but then again it is still only the start of winter hey..?

The View From A Saddle said...

For loosing an antler in a fight... he's got lots of girlfriends in the second to last picture! You'd think the poor guy wouldn't have so many! :)

seema gupta said...

amezing captures....
regards

LSP said...

Great pics - T shirt weather here...

God bless.

Joe said...

LSP - Thanks for stopping by. I could go for a little T shirt weather. We've already had days it hasn't got out of the 20's.

MedaM said...

Those are fantastic photos; really precious! Thanks for sharing.

Marian Love Phillips said...

Good cam pics Joe of the buck in the snow. He does look very healthy and it's too bad that he lost his antler. Will be up your way next week to Fredericksburg, VA and will bring my boots. Last year at Christmas time was there visitng my youngest daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law and a LOT of snow. Don't get much snow here in Mississippi! Good to have you come by for a visit on my blog. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas my friend!