The deer, turkey, and coyote

Lots of traffic in my patch of woods.

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.

A deer paused, after initially running away, to let me take photos and video as I approached closer.

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.

Along the same trail where I saw deer, coyote scat.

The gallery includes all these in full-res.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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