I saw a lot of White-tailed Deer at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area today. At least five different deer.
I was exploring in a new area for me. I had gotten off the beaten path a bit and was making my way down an isolated dirt trail. About 200 yards/meters along the way I encountered my first deer. A nice big buck. He was traveling in the low area between the trail and some railroad tracks. I heard him coming well before I saw him, so I just crouched down and waited. Sure enough the deer came strolling by just a few minutes later. With about 10 yards/meters separating us the deer stopped cold. He knew there was something wrong, but he couldn’t figure out what it was! He turned and looked me right in the eyes. We stared at each other for nearly 3 minutes before the tension broke. The buck snorted and and took off running. He crossed the road right in front of me and then ditched into the trees on the opposite side. About 25 yards/meters into woods he stopped. I couldn’t see him, but I could hear him snorting and stomping!
After catching my breath, I again continued down the road. After about another 200 yards/meters I come over a small rise and discovered a Coyote standing in the middle of the trail. A soon as he saw me the Coyote started retreating down the road. I started taking pictures. Every once in a while he would stop and look back to see if I was following. As I was snapping photographs I was surprised to see, in my viewfinder, a deer crossing the road about 50 yards/meters past the Coyote! My second deer sighting of the day.
Just a little further down the trail and I hear more activity in the woods between the trail and the railroad. I had spooked three bucks that were bedded down in a dried stream bed together. Again, all three of them, each in his turn, stood there staring at me just 15 yards/meters away before decided what to do. When they finally ran, they all headed over the railroad tracks. I could hear them struggle to climb the gravel-covered berm as they went.