|Distant Flock: Panasonic GH 2-Lumix 14-140mm@48mm-ISO 200-1/200 sec. f 11.0|
There were several mature gobblers with the flock. They were feeling the first stirrings of the fast approaching mating season for turkeys and were strutting and gobbling.
|Strutting and Gobbling: Canon 7D-Canon 600mm f4.0 IS- ISO 400-1/160 sec. f 4.5|
|Yearling Spike Buck: Canon 5D MK III-Canon 600mm f4.0 IS- ISO 400-1/250 sec. f 8.0|
|Spike 2 Days Before Shedding: Panasonic GH 2-Lumix 14-140mm@140mm-ISO 200-1/200 sec. f 11.0|
|Spike After Shedding: Canon 5D MK III-Canon24-105mm f4.0L@105mm IS- ISO 400-1/800 sec. f 4.5|
We had only a modest deer herd in this area back the late 50s and one into the early 80s. Most of the bucks killed were spikes, and small four and six-points with the occasional eight-point. Sometimes a truly large buck was taken, but it was rare. The point I am making is that back then the herd was not large enough to severely impact the habitat and most yearlings were still spikes or small rack bucks. Based on what I know now, I suspect that many of the bucks of four or more points were not yearlings but were two years or more old.
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.