This six point Buck removed its velvet a few days ago.

Recently, I had the privilege of photographing a 6-point Whitetail Buck on my property near the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas. This majestic animal is a true symbol of the great outdoors and a frequent sight in the area. As a photographer and nature enthusiast, I was thrilled to see this beautiful creature in its natural habitat.

Whitetail Buck In The Ouachita National Forest

Whitetail Buck In The Ouachita National Forest

Whitetail Bucks are well known for their distinctive antlers, which they use for attracting mates, defending territory, and fighting with other bucks during the breeding season. However, before they grow their impressive antlers, they go through a process called “velvet shedding”. During this time, the bucks rub their antlers against trees, bushes, or other objects, causing the soft velvet to come off and exposing the hard bone underneath.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Near The Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: September 8, 2022 (3:03 P. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 12800 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm