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A little pre-season stalking practice courtesy of a local deer
I decided to engage in a pre-hunting season skill sharpening clinic when I spotted this young buck (still in full velvet on his antlers) in a park just up the street from my house. I saw him browsing, parked the truck up the block out of sight and used the edge cover to stalk up behind him. I stayed dead still, save for the camera hand. The whole experience served as a reminder that year to year, field to field, the rules don't change: if you can stay dead still and the wind is in your favor, they often have no idea what you are. I have seen other deer around here bolt immediately if you try to stop and check them out, so this isn't a case of a "tame deer" simply ignoring me. He knew that something was up as I slowly panned the camera, evidenced by his pauses and ear twitching, but he never spooked. The end result was a really close and cool encounter.
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.