Whitetail Doe With Odd Growth

By | July 12, 2019

Four Whitetail Does were feeding in a field when I noticed one of the Does had a growth on its jaw line. I have seen this before back in 2009. The Doe that I photographed back in 2009 has a larger growth as you can see in my second photo. I photographed both Whitetail Does at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Whitetail Doe With Growth On Jaw
Whitetail Doe With Growth On Jaw
Whitetail Doe With Odd Growth
Whitetail Doe With Odd Growth

A higher resolution of the first image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/screek/48263431602/

From my research, it seems that these growths are not a concern and are Fibromatosis. Fibromatosis is a common skin disease of Whitetail Deer.

It’s not known for sure how deer get these growths. It could be transmitted from one deer to another from biting insects or contaminated vegetation.

How I Got The Shot – Whitetail Doe With Odd Growth

The Doe in the first photo was on the road as you head west through the 4-corners intersection. You make the curve and just as you clear the trees it was in the west field. I was able to pull to the side of the tour road and photograph the Doe from my pickup (I was coming from the other direction).

I had my Fujifilm X-T3 camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup 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 f7.1
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/1700
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

On the second photo I was hand holding a Canon EOS – 1D Mark 3 with a Canon EF 500 mm f4L IS USM Lens.

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Evaluative Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Here are a few more Deer I photographed this month:

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