Young Velvet Buck

Another mammal often seen in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma is the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus). In the middle of the afternoon, a small group of deer would often walk right into our campground. Habituated to people here, they would walk right up to us, looking for a handout. The velvety, vascular covering on the antlers supplies the growing antlers with blood and nutrients:

 

White-tailed buck with velvet antlers

 

White-tailed buck with velvet antlers

 

White-tailed buck with velvet antlers

 

 

 

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  • http://twitter.com/falcon_red Susan Holdner

    Beautiful photos

  • http://www.joeboylephotography.com/ Joe Boyle

    Cool Pictures Jim!!

  • http://twitter.com/MiaMphotography Mia McPherson

    Beautiful young buck Jim!

  • http://twitter.com/hummingbird2 Julie

    Wow, these are outstanding close-ups! I’ve never seen the velvety antlers of a young buck before. Fantastic!

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    Aww. What a beautiful young buck. These photos are exquisite. I love looking at it.