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      Nature Report: October Day

      The cover is so thick in the South Texas wild lands that you can barely see this doe and her fawn. Indeed, the fawn's ears are barely discernible above the tall grass. A buck is more easily spotted as he ambles thru the swaying grass, but then disappears into a mesquite thicket.

      And when he does finally emerge, it is only for a moment. He pauses briefly in the shadows, revealing a fine rack of some 12 points, before vanishing into the cloaking woods. Meanwhile, the doe and her fawn have emerged.

      The fawn has spotted something and with ears cocked forward stares intently into the brush.

      The little rascal stomps the ground repeatedly in alarm at the perceived threat.

      The doe watches her offspring closely, but doesn't seem too alarmed. After several minutes, the fawn is still captivated.

      However, the doe has had enough, and she finally turns to go with junior quick to follow. Suddenly, a handsome buck materializes.

      It is hard to know how long he has been peering thru a window in the brush, but he doesn't linger. He eventually moves out into the open, and although he appears to be no more than four years old, he possesses an impressive set of antlers.

      This is a buck to keep an eye on as in a couple of more years there is no telling how serious a rack he will develop. And it just makes you wonder what else is out there in the South Texas wild lands just waiting to be discovered. With your Nature Report I'm Richard Moore