Before dinner was ready, I decided to explore the 166 acres of land he owns.
It didn't take long to locate a resting Mule Deer buck. It was a small forked horn, but he was in the sun and looked totally relaxed. Using a tree for cover and being as quiet as possible, I got as close as I could and snapped off this shot.
He didn't move a muscle or twitch an ear. So I decided I would see if I could get closer. I stepped out from the cover of the tree and took two steps when the buck's head turned slightly and the left eyelid slightly opened.
I froze at that moment. I was 30, maybe 35 feet away from the buck and I knew he was sizing me up through that slightly opened eyelid. He then slowly stood up, looked at with both eyes wide opened and started walking away toward a group of a dozen or so does off to my left.
He didn't run...just slowly walked away...but the entire time, he kept his eyes on me.
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