Wrong Side of the Fence

This young buck was observed along a deer-proof fence, but on the vineyard side.

I photographed this buck walking along a deer-proof fence, but on the vineyard side.

How does a deer get trapped on the wrong side of a vineyards fence?  And, what happens to that deer when it can’t get out.

A large gate along Arroyo Road in Livermore, at Wente Vineyards near the VA hospital is usually shut when I drive by, but apparently this buck managed to sneak through and become trapped inside the fence which is supposed to keep deer away from the grapes and the Golf Course.

Might be nice if they would install a one-way escape gate. There is such a thing.

There are many versions. Here’s one.

Ruby Mountains Muzzleloader Hunt 2014

We had the mountains to ourselves and they were great. The mules produced the best trail riding of my pack-in career. The company was superb. My new EL10X42 Swarovski Optik field glasses were all they were supposed to be.

However, the mule deer bucks did not cooperate. I saw three legal bucks in six days of hunting. After the first three days produced poor results by the traditional spot and stalk method, we switched to still hunting, which is my favorite way to hunt.

However, the results were the same. Came within 20 yards of one buck and we suspected he was there, but he busted loose and disappeared in a flash. He was gone so fast that I couldn’t have touched him with bird shot in my Beretta O/U 12 guage.

Got some nice photos, but no venison.

Much of the time I had two guides. Dan Riddle and outfitter Henry Krenka.

Much of the time I had two guides. Dan Riddle and outfitter Henry Krenka.

On day three, Henry spotted this goat a long way off, but he didn't escape my Nikon.

On day three, Henry spotted this goat a long way off, but he didn’t escape my Nikon.

Center left in this photo is a nearly flat rock from which we glassed for deer on day one. As the trip progresses, the aspen began turning yellow and the service berry  red.

Center left in this photo is a nearly flat rock from which we glassed for deer on day one. As the trip progresses, the aspen began turning yellow and the service berry red.

Henry and Dan accomodated me well. Here they are bringing me my horse. Camp is in the background.

Henry and Dan accomodated me well. Here they are bringing me my horse. Camp is in the background.

Henry's comfortable camp was tucked away in an aspen patch at about 8,500 feet above sea level.

Henry’s comfortable camp was tucked away in an aspen patch at about 8,500 feet above sea level.

The mountain tops were impressive and reminded me of other rock faces I've seen above 10,000 feet.

The mountain tops were impressive and reminded me of other rock faces I’ve seen above 10,000 feet.

Despite some serious hiking and mule riding, I gained three pounds on the trip which is indicative of the quality and quantity of food provided.

Despite some serious hiking and mule riding, I gained three pounds on the trip which is indicative of the quality and quantity of food provided.

I sincerely could not have had a better time, even if I’d killed a big buck. Next time I draw a Nevada muzzleloader tag, I won’t hunt until after the 20th of September. The weather and moon phase are better later in the month and I’m convinced that it had a lot to do with our inability to locate bucks, which didn’t show themselves during the day.

Western White-tailed Deer

On a recent road trip to Oregon and Idaho, I came upon white-tailed deer in both states.

In Oregon, west of Portland, Columbia white-tailed deer were present on a duck club I was viewing. Managed to photograph several, but the conditions were not great for photography. Here is a picture of a whitetail doe.

One of many Columbia whitetails that came out to feed in the fields.

The Columbia white-tailed deer is a threatened species and is protected in northern Oregon. No hunting is allowed, but in southern Oregon, there is limited opportunity to hunt them.

On Monday, Linda and I arrived at a friend’s home near Riggins, Idaho. While leaving on Tuesday, a few whitetails were caught out in the open. This whitetail buck stopped and posed.

This young buck stopped in the morning sun and posed for a portrait.

Two species of Western white-tailed deer, a long-weekend double.