Friday morning I decided to get up early and go with my son down to Sachuest national wildlife refuge, Middletown, Rhode Island. What I was hoping to photograph was the deer that are generally present in the area. I mainly wanted a stag. For the last three years, I snapped many does and fawns but no stags.
As we were driving down third Beach Road, a Doe ran across the road into the field, where she started feeding. I had the opportunity to photograph this Doe from the car.
After arriving at Sachuest Point’s parking lot, I located deer behind the shed near the visitor center. I approached as carefully as I could where it was legal and started photographing. The first deer that I saw turned out, after viewing the image on my camera, seem to be a six-pointer. However, when the images displayed on my computer, it was really an eight-point stag. In the same area there were an additional six deer, does and fawns. The fawns were even hanging out with the stag.
After we finished photographing this group of white-tailed deer, we noticed more deer in the field below the parking lot and next to the road. There was a total of three deer, a spike-horn Buck, and two fawns. We parked on the side of the road and even though we got out of the car the deer seen not to noticed us and went on feeding. We continued photographing until a large waste garbage truck came noisily up the road and sent the deer off in different directions.
Both Bucks antlers were still in velvet. We will have to make another trip down later in September and early October and capture the bucks in rut.