This big buck with handsome antlers is always a welcome sight. Richard shot this photo from the deck. Although it is mid-August, deer are still in the velvet but elk racks are newly polished bone.

Here a young doe and buck visit the salt lick.


Mama doe and her twins show up regularly near the house.  In early spring the twins sported spots and hid in the grass nearby while MOM browsed and licked salt.  By mid summer, the twins showed up with fewer and fewer spots and an ever braver and more adventurous attitude.  Soon they came to LOVE the salt lick.  By early October, they lose their baby attire and wear the same colors as Mom.

Earlier this spring, this two year-old spike elk (in the velvet) came for the salt.



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