In my last blog post, I shared the rare experience of photographing two whitetail bucks sparring in their velvet antlers at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Photographing Bucks Sparring in Velvet Antlers). Before the sparring match began, the larger of the two bucks was feeding in the soybean field, presenting me with an incredible photo opportunity.
This mature buck sported a massive set of velvet-covered antlers, with 3 long points on one side and possibly 6 points on the other. Even with the velvet, you could see how impressive this rack was. I estimate at least 9 total points!
As the buck lifted his head to check his surroundings, the evening sunlight shone through his antlers, highlighting the fuzzy velvet. The height and width of this rack were awe-inspiring.
Clearly the dominant buck in this area, he exuded an aura of nobility and command. This was the king of the woods, surveying his domain.
I feel fortunate to have witnessed this majestic 9-point buck in the wild and captured his portrait. Photos like this remind me of the incredible beauty and variety of wildlife we are blessed with here in Oklahoma. I can’t wait to see this fella again later in the season once he has hardened antlers. He is truly a trophy buck!
I’m excited to share this special wildlife encounter. Let me know what you think of this regal Oklahoman whitetail!
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: August 07, 2021 (6:42 A.M.)
- Program Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 25600 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: 0
- Focal Length: 800 mm