camping with deer

November 09, 2014

One of my most memorable moments of my trip out west earlier this fall was my experience with a family of mule deer while camping. 

Much of my trip was spent taking in the wilderness on my own. Which is often how I like it, I can go at my own pace and explore whatever I want. It also means I'm making less noise than if I was with a group and therefore have more wildlife encounters.  One night on this trip I hiked in 4 miles to the backside of a small lake in Grand Tetons.  I set up my hammock, ate my dinner and then watched the light fade from the mountains. As I was watching the sunlight fade from the mountain tops I noticed movement down by a nearby stream.  It was a couple of mule deer.  I quickly snuck back over to where I had my camera stashed, thinking if I was lucky I could get one or two shots off before the deer disappered back into the forest. What happened next was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had.

I moved towards where I had seen the deer, and just as I reached the edge of camp I saw two deer down by the stream. So I stopped and grabbed this shot.

 

Then I notice that these two fawns mother was standing only feet from where I was, and these two guys followed right into my camp. They saw me and at first didn't know what to think.

 

However they quickly seemed to relax to my presence

 

and then proceeded to show their childish side and proceeded to chase each other in and out and all around my camp. Occasionally slamming on the brakes just long enough to look at me before continuing to bounce around. This continued for a solid 15 minutes before they slowed down and continued on their way with their mother.


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