A Friendly Whitetail Doe

By | August 3, 2020

I was outside of my pickup photographing a snake in the road when this Whitetail Doe walked out of a soybean field and began feeding on the side of the road. She was about 15 or 20 steps from me and didn’t seem to care that I was even around. She was so close that I had to back up to photograph her. The first thing I noticed was that she had lots of scars on her rump area. I also noticed that she had two what looked like large blood blisters. She stays around for several minutes and would glance my way but never became alarmed.

Another car pulled up on the other side and the couple inside began watching the Doe. I got back into my pickup so that these people could photograph this deer if they had a camera. The couple stayed in the car and the Doe walked up to them within a few feet. After she checked them out she walked into some trees and disappeared.

A Friendly Whitetail Doe
A Friendly Whitetail Doe

How I Got The Photo – A Friendly Whitetail Doe

I was outside my pickup hand holding my camera and lens to get this photo.


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date Taken: July 26, 2014
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/320 sec.
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure Bias: 0 EV
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D

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