Spotting a large 6 point Whitetail Buck in velvet at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma is always a treat for any wildlife photographer. During my visit to the refuge, I had the opportunity to spot three such bucks, all of them in velvet and roaming in a thick timber area. However, out of the three bucks, this 6-pointer was the only one that I could get a clear shot of.
Getting The Shot
I was driving down the auto tour road, when suddenly, I saw the three bucks cross the road in front of me. They went into an area that I had previously visited to photograph a Barred Owl during the spring. I quickly parked my vehicle on the side of the road and got my gear ready. With my camera and lens placed on a beanbag that was draped over the open window of my pickup, I started clicking away.
Even though the buck was in a dense timber area, I was able to capture a few good shots, but the large 6 point buck in velvet was the best of them all. The buck was massive, and its antlers were covered in velvet, adding to its beauty. The soft and fuzzy texture of the velvet was captured in my photos, making it look even more stunning.
In conclusion, spotting and capturing a large 6 point Whitetail Buck in velvet is always an exciting moment for any wildlife photographer. With the right gear, patience, and a little bit of luck, anyone can capture these magnificent creatures in their natural habitats.
• Date Taken: July 13, 2020
• Aperture: f5.6
• Shutter speed: 1/100 sec.
• ISO: 3200
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 400 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
• Camera: Fujifilm X-T3