Uprooted Magnolia

The Rut

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on November 20, 2012

The rut is a time period, usually during late fall, when deer, elk, and other species from the deer family breed. The buck will chase after many does for weeks, with barely eating. The buck has one thing on his mind at this time of the year, and that is to find as many does as he can. The rut can take its toll on these guys; they are definitely worn out by the end of the breeding season.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

We interrupted a handsome, thick necked mule deer buck courting a doe. Her yearling and a few more young bucks were hanging around peeking over the rocks at us too. We quickly moved on after a couple of portraits.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

He is definitely rutting. Just check out that neck. Hope he takes good care of himself. He’s a handsome fella.

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  1. Alice said, on November 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

    No wonder Rudolf flies!


  2. Wiley said, on November 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Great Photos Leah. That is a really good looking buck.


    • leahyetter said, on November 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Isn’t he though? I’m so glad he made it through hunting season. Can’t wait to see his fawns next spring. Thanks Wiley!


  3. Mike said, on November 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I like them. They are a nice animal 🙂


  4. chrisknox155 said, on November 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Reblogged this on Great blogs.


  5. Mary said, on November 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful shots! He is something to see up close – he’s going to give you some nice photographs in the Spring for sure.


  6. dawnpoints said, on November 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Your photographs are amazing. Wonderful catch!


  7. Doreen Littleton said, on November 21, 2012 at 7:04 am

    My husband and I are both southern born and bred and had never been west of the Mississippi River until he retired and we started traveling in a motor home. Our most enjoyable time was spent in Wyoming and Utah. We had the pleasure of going to Yellowstone during ruting season and saw the big male elk at the north entrance gathering his “harem” . He was also running off a younger male. One day that young guy will probably take over. We also listened to the bugling at sundown and it was really erie. Love that place. We parked and was camp hosts for 4 years at Flaming Gorge, Manila, Utah. Had Antelope grazing around our motor home. I always said that I thought I must have been a cowgirl in my previous life. Hope you really enjoy your ranch – I am enjoying your pics.


    • leahyetter said, on November 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you for commenting! I do enjoy it out here. I LOVE the sound of elk bugling. Patrick has an uncle with an elk ranch in Nebraska and I photographed them last year during the rut. This buck here chased off a younger one but they were all kind of running together. He’s gotta learn somehow! That 4 years at Flaming Gorge must have been wonderful. Thanks for sharing!


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