notes from the Taj ~ last day

Today was the last day of the nine day gun/deer hunt.  Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky ones to  harvested a deer.  I did have an opportunity to take a fawn, which I refused to do ... or to harvest a little spike buck which wasn't much bigger than a fawn ... and I refused to harvest him too.  Let them go so they can grow!

This is the little fawn that I watched all season:


He's not much bigger than the turkeys ...

Actually, there were 3 turkeys that visited several times a day ...

They would walk right up to my hunting blind:

I must be a pretty quiet hunter to let them get this close ~ right under my window. 

The ruffed grouse and squirrels were also my daily visitors: they sure do blend in with their surroundings

Talk about camouflage ... look at these shots ... the deer is right there ...
do you see him?

I'll zoom out ... how about now?

a little closer look?

Once he picks up his head ... then you can easily see him.

Even the squirrels blend in:

So ... even though I didn't get my buck ~ I was fortunate enough to get over the rotten "malaria" that had been plaguing me for the last 2 weeks and was able to get outside once again and enjoy nature.

My little fawn buddy ... as he wandered down the trail ...

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. That's the kind of shots I like... with the camera!

  2. Wonderful job of hunting--with a camera. The best way. You really must have been quiet, turkeys are easily spooked. Geat shots and no ammo wasted.
    Arkansas Patti

  3. beautiful wildlife. thanks for sharing!

  4. I'm so glad you are finally feeling better. You were pretty miserable long enough.
    I think of Dad all the time, especially when I'm outside around our beautiful well dressed world.
    He sure knew and loved it all. We have been taught and ' raised ' well.
    Not much meat around here either, but enough to can for a few meals of stew.

  5. You make us proud of our girl in the TajMELhal. I guess I am getting old, I am glad you let the fawn, spike go, even on the last day.

    YOu did see some wonderful STUFF, most of us won't experience that, so thanks for the running account of your hunt and the time in your TajMELhal.

    Love you girl, now wyou can warm up!!!

  6. Glad to hear you're feeling better and sorry you didn't get to kill a deer, but you did get some pretty pictures. Thanks for sharing. Take care, Jean

  7. MyOhMy, Mel! That's just fantastic hunting territory. I'm with you on let the doe go. I think, however, I would have taken the spike. The meat is so tender and good. Will you have another 9 day hunt around Christmas?

  8. Great 'shots' with your camera! Cool that you had quite a bit of wildlife for entertainment.
    'love & hugs from afar'

  9. Great pictures!

    Pretty cool to have so many beautiful creatures to watch and photograph. You are lucky!

  10. Your camera got some GREAT shots. Sorry the hunt for venison didn't go as planned. the creatures you captured are beautiful. Glad you're feeling better. Now I have it. Sore throat, 101 fever, sniffles, tummy and ear aches. Need it to be gone, yesterday. Take care.

  11. It's always fun to see your camera shots of the wild country where you live. You can hardly see that grouse. Nature is wonderful. Well, the photos were even better than the shot deer would have been. Thanks for trudging out to 'capture' the essence of the deep dark woods.