Yesterday afternoon I took another walk up the hill behind our home, to revisit the curious spot where a deer had met its end (discovered last week). As I climbed the hill, a family of wild turkeys slowly tried to sneak away – not easy now the snow has melted and the crisp, dry leaves of fall cover the forest floor. I noted they were heading uphill away from me, but toward the summit that I would soon reach by a looping path. As I neared the crest, two deer bounded away, flashing their white tails. One paused and turned, curious about me. I was able to approach much closer, allowing me time to capture photographs and video.
Adjacent to this spot is a tree stand – a ladder attached to a tree, enabling a hunter to perch high in the tree while waiting for deer. On the otherside of the hillcrest, another tree stand.
At the end of the video you’ll see that, a few steps further I caught up to the turkeys, now heading downhill away from me.
A few steps further along the path, I discovered fresh scat; after reviewing this site, I’d wager this specimen was left by a coyote. Clearly the coyote and the hunters have noted, as I have frequently, the popularity of this hillcrest among the local deer and turkeys.
The gallery includes all these in full-res.