Camera Settings: Canon 40D, 400mm, f5.6, ISO 800, 1/30th, tripod
While I enjoy all types of wildlife, I will admit that we have a bit of a problem with deer overpopulation. In these parts, they have no natural predators. Each year, they reproduce and multiply. If you're not careful, you can hit one with your car at night. They tend to freeze in the middle of the road at the sight of headlights in the dark. Of course this problem is more widespread than just Long Island. In fact, when I was in Yosemite National Park I got a first hand look at what can happen if you hit one. A big Ford pickup truck ran into one at dusk, completely wrecking his front end, and unfortunately killing the deer. Chances are, you probably know someone who has seen or been involved in a similar situation. As a photographer, I'm always on the road around dawn and dusk, and this is when the deer are most active. I try to take it slow, and keep on the lookout for those glowing eyes. Meanwhile, there are ongoing lively debates about what the fate of the deer shall be. A big question is where and when hunting will be allowed. There are spirited arguments on both sides. All I know is that I've heard distant gunshots when I'm out in the woods, and it's not a welcome sound. In fact, I may need to purchase blazer so I'm not mistaken for the prey. Over the next month or so, the Deer rut takes place. This is the best time to see eight pointed racks on male deer. So far I've only seen females, so I'm really curious to see what happens next. Hopefully, I'll have some images to share. I'm also interested in hearing your experiences with Deer. Feel free to share in the comment section.