Tuesday, July 28, 2009

16 Pointer?

It is common practice at this time of year to go looking for bucks in velvet. I don't see them very often, especially the big ones, but every once in a while, you get very lucky and find a beefcake. This one here is the biggest I've seen this year!



He grazed for quite some time...



...before getting too irritated with my presence.



I tried to count the tines while shooting, but you can never quite get them all. I felt that he was definately a 12, but possibly a 14 pointer.



Upon further inspection, I see that he has a few more bumps, and since he is still in velvet, he is still growing at a pace of about an inch a day, so I can say with confidence that he is definately a 16 pointer when all is said and done, and it wouldn't surprise me if he grew a few more stickers at his brow. The bumps are there...Who knows?






(Here's an extreme close up for your inspection...What do you think?)



I hope I see him when the velvet has shed in a month or so...18 would be incredible!

9 comments:

Tami said...

Goodness is he a biggy. Glad he is not here at the Nursery....Lovely to see though. Is that a field of soybeans he's grazin?

Willard said...

Impressive photos. They just don't get that big in our area-probably because of habitat quality and genetics. I almost never see one that big in Shenandoah National Park or Cades Cove either.

jalynn01 said...

Wow! 16 would be amazing..He is a beauty and my brother the 'hunter' would definitely just pee his pants to get a shot at this one! Glad he is there and not here for that reason. Hope to see him out of velvet. Great shots!

Tina said...

What I would say...is that if I had to carry all that weight on top of my head I'd have a constant headache!!
He really is a handsome one!! He must have really liked you to let you click away while he grazed!! Every time I see a buck, they high tail it into the thick of the woods.
Amazing shots! A wow post, Hannibal.
p.s. we are air show nuts..don't know if you saw my post on rc flying birds..not full scale but anything with a leading edge captures our interest..hence all the birdees! '-)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

He is a handsome fellow.I hope you get to photograph him once the velvet is gone.
Blessings,Ruth

NatureStop said...

Great captures!16 would be amazing! With all that weight on his head all the time oh my!

Montanagirl said...

He is jut beautiful. I can never get close to the Whitetail around here. They are too spooky. Great photos.

TSannie said...

Hope your paths cross again!

fotoshooter43 said...

Outstanding, hope you see him again while he is in rut!