The deer up at the lodge are safe to graze up there with y'all, as well as those two bucks. Lucky for them! I wonder if they'll stay on the mountain when the temps become colder up there, or they will move to lower elevations. Hopefully, they'll have sense to stay in the park boundaries! That deer with one side of it's rack going down would be called a non-typical buck.
I always enjoy the photos of deer around the Lodge. Seeing them in person is also a delight. Here in east central Kentucky I live out in the country over nine miles from the nearest town and am surrounded buy lots of field and woodlands. My residence is a good distance off the nearest back road so there is a variety of wildlife around which is very pleasant. Just this evening I spotted a Mama deer and her two fawns, now nearly as big as she is, grazing just 100 feet from my back porch out in my yard, A very nice sight. I've seen many different species of wildlife and four years ago found some black bear scat in the yard, There have been sightings of these bears in this county a few times. I'd love to actually see one here on my property. Yes, I do enjoy and appreciate the photos posted on this site. Can't wait to get back up there ! G'day.
Interesting pictures. I have never heard of a "non-typical ' buck. I'll have to google that . ha/ha
As always, love the blog from up 'there.'
Be safe. :-)
I forgot to check ' notify me of new comments' The inquiring mind wants to know what is being said......... :-)
Sherleen, non-typical just means the antler growth is abnormal. Normally, a deer, or even elk's, antlers will grow upward. When their antlers grow out, instead of up, sideways or downward, they are referred to as being non-typical. My husband has a degree in Wildlife Management and Fisheries Biology so I'm married to an avid outdoorsman. I know he can explain the science behind why the antlers grow that way sometimes. But, not me. I think it has to do with injury and diet, but that's my guess. Hope this helps!
I learned something new today about deer antlers>>Thanks to Tammy (TX)
Thanks Sherleen! I asked my husband about why the buck's antlers grew like that, and he said it had probably been injured. Non-typical bucks look pretty cool sometimes especially when you have lots of tines going every direction in the deer's antlers. I think there are several big bucks out in Cades Cove like that as well. Have a nice weekend!
Thanks again to Tammy (TX) for info. If U R N Texas, I pray none of the bad weather is bothering you.Looking forward to Sunday blog from Mt.LaConte,as I do every day. Be safe everyone.
Not about Mt. LeConte or the lodge, but yes I am in Texas....south central Texas. It's a mess around here, but we have only had 8 to 10 inches of rain and we don't flood at our house, and thankfully have received no storm damage! More rain is forecasted for several more days. The hurricane stalled out yesterday and the eye was only 25 miles from my mom ALL day! She is a little over 100 miles inland though and not right on the coast so she was better to stay put. She didn't want to come up to my house so my brother stayed with her. Thankfully, she received no flooding or storm damage as well. I would SOOOO like to be in Tennessee at our condo in Gatlinburg right now and not here. My mom and I WERE planning on coming up next week, but not sure now.
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