Boiling Springs Bucks: November and December 2014

The 2014 white-tail rut didn’t seem to have as many bucks with impressive racks as in the last couple of years, possibly because of the drought this area has experienced the last few years. These photos were captured between November 15th and December 2nd, 2014, in Boiling Springs State Park, Oklahoma.

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During the rut, bucks will often stick out their tongue to aid their sense of smell.

During the rut, bucks will often stick out their tongue to aid their sense of smell.

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The frost hadn't yet melted in the shady foreground area, resulting in a different color from he sunny background.

The frost hadn’t yet melted in the shady foreground area, resulting in a different color from the sunny background.

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Note the mangled ear and broken antler tine on this one, no doubt resulting from a fight with a competing buck. During the rut, bucks sleep very little and expend so much energy pursuing does and fighting other bucks that they lose a considerable amount of weight.

Note the mangled ear and broken antler tine on this one, no doubt resulting from a fight with a competing buck. During the rut, bucks sleep very little and expend so much energy pursuing does and fighting other bucks that they lose a considerable amount of weight.

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Note the blood on his antler. It more than likely was deposited there from a buck which lost a battle for dominance with this guy.

Note the blood on his antler. It more than likely was deposited there from a buck which lost a battle for dominance with this guy.

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Early Autumn In The Wichita Mountains

A selection of photos made from late September through mid October, 2014 in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.

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White-tailed Doe Before Sunrise on September 24th

White-tailed Doe Before Sunrise, September 24th

Bull Elk

Bull Elk

Bull Elk Bugling Shortly After Sunrise

Bugling Bull Elk, Shortly After Sunrise, September 24th

Elk Cow At Sunrise On September 25th

Elk Cow At Sunrise, September 25th

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Bull Elk, early Morning October 3rd

Bull Elk, Early Morning, October 3rd

Lone Bison Bull, Late Afternoon, October 3rd

Lone Bison Bull, Late Afternoon, October 3rd

Near Sunset, October 3rd

Near Sunset, October 3rd

Granite Boulders Just After Sunrise, October 4th

Granite Boulders Just After Sunrise, October 4th

White-tailed Buck, Early Morning October 4th

White-tailed Bucks, All Early Morning, October 4th

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Bull Bison, Morning, October 4th

Bison Bull, Morning, October 4th

Maximillian Sunflowers, Mid-morning, October 4th

Maximillian Sunflowers, Mid-morning, October 4th

French Lake Before Sunrise, October16th

French Lake Before Sunrise, October16th

Bull Elk, Early Morning, October 16th

Bull Elk, Early Morning, October 16th

White-tails And Cottontails

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White-tailed fawns and moms and eastern cottontail rabbits photographed in Boiling Springs State Park.

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These deer photos were made from July 2nd, through July 23rd, 2014.

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Does often hide their fawns in tall grass while they are foraging. if you find a fawn like this please leave it alone, its mother is almost always nearby and it is not abandoned and in need of rescue as some people assume. This one is old enough to easily outrun a person, however.

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When white-tailed deer run, they often hold their tails high. They will also move their tails while holding them high to warn other deer of danger. This is probably the origin of the term “high-tailing it”.

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Fawn With Yearling Buck

This fawn and yearling buck are grazing in dew covered grass.

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Fawns can often be seen chasing each other or running just for the fun of it. Of course they are preparing for the day when they may need to outrun a predator.

Fawns can often be seen chasing each other or running just for the fun of it. Of course they are preparing for the day when they may need to outrun a predator.

This fawn is cleaning its tail.

This fawn is cleaning its tail.

Deer are most commonly seen in early morning and near and after sunset. All of these photos were made in early morning.

Deer are most commonly seen in early morning and near and after sunset. All of these photos were made in early morning.

This fawn was chasing its mother trying to nurse, but she kept running away.

This fawn was chasing its mother trying to nurse, but she kept running away.

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White-tailed deer both graze and browse.

White-tailed deer both graze and browse (eat leaves and fruit growing on trees and shrubs).

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The eastern cottontail is the most commonly seen rabbit in Oklahoma. The swamp rabbit can be seen in eastern Oklahoma and the desert cottontail can be seen in the panhandle.

The eastern cottontail is the most commonly seen rabbit in Oklahoma. The swamp rabbit can be seen in eastern Oklahoma and the desert cottontail can be seen in the panhandle.

More cottontails have been seen here than in the past several years, probably because the extreme drought is lessening.

More cottontails have been seen here than in the past several years, probably because the extreme drought is lessening.

This cottontail is nibbling grass among gaillardia or indian blanket, which is Oklahoma's state wildflower.

This cottontail is nibbling grass among gaillardia or indian blanket, which is Oklahoma’s state wildflower. These cottontail  photos were made June 30th and July 21st, 2014.

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Winter 2013-14 in Boiling Springs

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Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

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Winter 2012-13 in Boiling Springs State Park

 

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White-tailed buck photographed 12-25-12

White-tailed buck photos made 12-25-12.

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_IGP4875White-tailed doe photos made 2-12-2013.

Yucca Plants

Yucca plants photographed 2-20-2013.

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Buttonbush Leaf and Seed-pod

Buttonbush leaf and seed-pod and the preceding six photos made on 2-21-2013.

This and the following photos made on 2-22-2013.

This and the following photos made on 2-22-2013.

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