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An adult, White-tailed buck dubbed Daddy sans antlers
Prairie grasses surrounded by woods and farm fields
Daddy is one of the original deer that befriended or accepted my presence in the herd. I met him four years ago so he's at least five years old at this time. Daddy and OH or One-Horn were the first two bucks I noticed to shed their antlers this winter and that was the first week of January. Last year antlers weren't shed until late February or early March by most of the bucks but it was a warmer than usual winter up here. I've also called Daddy the Gentle Giant on numerous occasions as he's the one buck I trust completely with or without antlers. Even with young fawns he's never shown any aggression other than an occasional soft snort. In the fourth image you see Tiny G. has provoked a challenge or fight and Daddy is rearing up in response, without actually landing a blow to Tiny G. He will and does defend himself but has never initiated or started a fight that I've ever witnessed in the four years I've been observing and photographing them.