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Old Dec 15, 2009, 4:58 PM   #1
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OLD Buck & Me @ minus 10 degrees f

I got to a ridge before daylight, my plan was to hike in about 1/2 mile to try and ambush some elk. Then I looked at the temperature -10 f , I looked in the back of the camera wagon at my snowshoes and then back at the temperature gauge, it had NOT warmed up in the last 42 seconds so I decided I would just park the camera wagon in some cedars and drink coffee and see if anything came into view.

A silhouette showed up trying to find something to eat in a little meadow so I grabbed a few shots. After another cup of coffee and a little more light had become available I saw that I was watching a very old buck who didn't get around very good anymore. He was moving very slow and just was not interested in staying out in the weather so he went back into the dark timber for some cover and to bed down. I am guessing he is around 9 years old and for around here that is a very old buck.

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I finished my cup of coffee and thanked the old guy and then I realized that he and I were on the same page this day, just really not into putting forth a lot of effort. I had my camera wagon and he had the cover of dark timber so we both could just wait for another day for more action.
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Some great shots there, Roger. Can't say I'm too crazy about the silhouette shots but those others... NICE!
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Very nice pix...wonder if this is the last winter for the old buck .....
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Old Dec 15, 2009, 6:31 PM   #5
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Some great shots there, Roger. Can't say I'm too crazy about the silhouette shots but those others... NICE!

I do like the silhouette shots cuz of the difficulty in getting to the location to get the shot. I would make a terrible photo contest judge cuz the 1st thing I look at is how hard was it to get this shot.
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Very nice pix...wonder if this is the last winter for the old buck .....

It very well might be. He does look healthy so maybe he will make it a while longer. I hope so.
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nice series, Roger... and i don't blame you a bit for staying warm. 10 below is a bit nippy for my blood, and my cameras don't care much for it either! that buck does look a little long in the tooth, but he appears healthy enough... he might have a couple of years left in him, if a hunter doesn't get him first...
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.........I do like the silhouettes and more so than the others, very well done.

I do like the 'normal' photos of the big guy to see him in his aging magnificence, but of these the silhouettes are the better ---- IMO.
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nice series, Roger... and i don't blame you a bit for staying warm. 10 below is a bit nippy for my blood, and my cameras don't care much for it either! that buck does look a little long in the tooth, but he appears healthy enough... he might have a couple of years left in him, if a hunter doesn't get him first...

I agree he looks like he could make it for a couple more years.
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.........I do like the silhouettes and more so than the others, very well done.

I do like the 'normal' photos of the big guy to see him in his aging magnificence, but of these the silhouettes are the better ---- IMO.
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