Among the many deer I've documented around my house the last 15yrs, one of my all time favorites was the buck I called "Double Throat Patch". So aptly named for his unique throat patch. I never thought I would be documenting him for 4 years after my first sighting but that's just what happened.
I first saw him in 2006 when I am guessing he was 2 1/2. I only saw him 3 times that year & was able to get 1 picture & some good video.
Second sighting of DTP. September 26, 2006.
In 2007 as a 3yr old he became highly visible right from June & almost always with the buck I called Curly. It was obvious from the first sighting he had grown for sure. All summer I shot pictures & video until, in mid-September, he vanished & was never seen the rest of the year.July 18, 2007September 17, 2007Septmber 18, 20072008
First sighting of 2007. June 30, 2007
Since I hadn't seen him since September 2007 I was pretty sure he must've been killed. But I continued to look all summer & fall with no sightings at all. Then out of the clear blue while out on Christmas day, who do I see walking down the field? None other than DTP himself with a group of does! My excitement from seeing him alive soon went away as I realized his rack has regressed a lot from the previous year. As a 4 1/2yr old he should've really blew up instead he went the opposite. At least I had confirmation he was alive.Just makes you wonder where he was hiding for those 15 months! Unfortunately I didn't get any pics just this bit of video.
After only one sighting in 2008, I was hoping he would show up sometime in summer. Well I saw him for the first time on July 3 & noticed something strange. His antlers were over a month behind in growth compared to the other bucks he was with. Over the next 2 months I saw him many times & got a lot of pics & video. The last time I saw him was September 12 when his antlers were fully grown. I got the video of him below but I never saw him again. It was a bummer as he was a really cool buck.
First sighting of year. July 3, 2009
Here he is still growing. July 23, 2009
Should be completely developed by now. August 8, 2009My best shots of him for sure. Right next to road 30yds. August 21, 2009