Curious, I pulled over and put the glasses on her. She had two bucks with her. The largest buck was laying in the deepest shade. Surprised?
There was something unusual about the big spike-fork. He was in velvet. A stag?
Probably. When I got home I blew the photo up.
Not only is this buck an old buck with heavy velvet horns. It looks like he is also a cactus buck – a term for a buck with a bunch of small protrusions at the base of the horn. See the mass around the base of his horns? It will grow larger.
He was too far away for certainty. I’ll be watching for him. Maybe I’ll get a closer look.
Here’s a link to some impressive cactus bucks.