for Observing & Photographing Mule Deer in the Wild
Deer can best be observed during early mornings and later
afternoons. These are the times that Mule Deer are out foraging
for their food. Look into the grasses and on the hillsides
to catch a glimpse of them. They tend to prefer the southern
hillsides during the cooler days.
make slow movements when observing deer. Deer keep their eyes
open for any movement. Slow deliberate steps in a straight
forward line, pausing now and then will provide you the best
deer will flee if you attempt approach them. Decades of hunting
have caused deer to be very shy and cautious of mankind. Most
will run once a vehicle slows or stops. Use of a telephoto
lens can help you capture a memorable picture while causing
the animals little or no stress.
using a flash when photographing wildlife. A camera flash
can startle them as well as momentarily blind them from dangers
in their area.
making loud noises. Any noise above a whisper will be noticed
as a possible threat by wildlife.
Not Feed Wildlife. This is illegal in most states and
is not healthy for the animals. You will notice in the Winter
Gallery, pictures of young mule deer eating cereal on a roadway.
I took these pictures following a tourist feeding them cereal
from a box. The unknowing tourist with good intent actually
risked the lives of these babies. Enjoying their treat so
much, these young deer were ignoring the dangers of automobile
traffic. I blocked the road with my car and had vehicles
pass around me slowly until the deer were done eating. Afterwards
I swept the remaining cereal far from the lanes of danger.
Caution when observing bucks in rutt. Bucks have been known
to attack both cars and humans during their mating season.
being kind to wildlife has many mutual benefits... Enjoy the
beauty which nature has provided for us to enjoy... While trying
to make the least impact with your presence as possible... Your
efforts will be rewarding...
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