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|There was a Trek meet at the Painted Hills again this year beginning Friday and ending today, and as was the case last year, the meet was a success in many ways. Phil and Ron from Canada, Peter Boehringer from Fresno, a friend of mine and myself spent many hours canvassing the area for different shots. This Pronghorn was willing to approach me this morning as I was walking through the backcountry capturing images of the Hills. I first noticed the Buck with two Does as they watched our movements with curiosity, and after a few minutes of hiding behind small trees and grasses they wandered off. A few minutes later as our backs were turned taking a few images as I had thought they had left the immediate area, (I watched them leave), I heard a snort, and then another closer to us. I turned to see what the commotion was and the Buck and his girls approached us within about 60 feet. The smell of tobacco attracted them to us as Pronghorns, as well as deer, elk, and Bighorns all favor tobacco in a large way.|
I took this with an 80-200 MM that makes this lens an actual 300 MM, so you can see just how close he was approaching.
The meet is an ongoing yearly get together, so if you are interested in finding out info contact me through the site.
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My he DID get awfully close! Pretty imposing looking fellow too with those horns. I like the composition of this with the hills crisscrossing in the background, although I'm sure that's the Last thing I'd have been thinking of! Great shot.