All these deer pictures on single day on the Paunsaugunt Unit southern Utah, from a single location. We back the pickup into under a juniper tree about 60 yards from the water hole and a new batch of deer would come into the pond every 10 to 15 minutes. Sometimes they'd all leave but with in a few minutes the area would be teeming with a new group. It is great sport to watch them interact and do what they do.
My camera was clicking but I would grunt or burp if they didn't look right at me, I wanted to try for at least one facing pic so we could get a good look at their width.
Bess, the Friends of the Paunsaugunt folks will keep and eye on these bucks for us. When their big dollars involved, there's lots of help.
We never saw any over the top bucks, but we had a great time watching these. What better thing can you do than watch our future hunting stock grow-up? Kind of like a cowboy out riding through his cows and admiring a job well done.
Made a loop from Meadow to Kanosh this morning, back against the Pahvant unit, very few deer were visitable at day light. After 5 hours of glassing we did find 5 bucks, all yearlings but one and spread out over 15 miles. The older buck was good looking heavy beamed 180" +/- with a small cheater. He was too far out to get photo and he was headed for the pinions on a fast trot.
You all have a warm and healthy Christmas, hug your wife and kiss your kids. We live at a great time, in a great place. How fortunate we are.