I was driving the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma when I drove up on several Whitetail Deer. I stopped and began photographing these Deer. A young Whitetail Buck became curious and started walking toward my pickup. The Buck walked within 15 or 20 steps of me. I was outside my pickup when this occurred but I had the vehicle between me and the Buck.

Whitetail Buck Being Curious
Whitetail Buck Being Curious

This Buck stood for a long time and looked toward me. He never became alarmed when I moved to get in a better position. After a short time he crossed the road in front of me. He began feeding on leaves and eventually got parallel to me. I was able to get back into my pickup and keep photographing.

Whitetail Buck Eating Leaves
Whitetail Buck Eating Leaves

While I was photographing this Buck the other Deer went around me on the other side and got behind me. One of them began blowing an alarm. This didn’t seem to bother the Buck I was photographing but I decided to leave the area.

This is another Whitetail Buck that was near the same area that came close to me: Whitetail Buck Walking Past Me

How I Got The Shot – Whitetail Buck Being Curious

I was eastbound on the auto tour road (Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge) approaching the 4-corners intersection when I spotted Deer. I stopped my pickup and exited. The Deer were on the right-side of the road in front of me. I used the door frame and mirror to support my Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 2000
  • Shutter Speed – 1/450 (1/320 on second photo)
  • -0.3 Exposure Value
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm