Pairings

On Friday morning I took a quick stroll down to the end of the driveway to see if there had been any traffic over my tracks in the road from Thursday. About 3/4 of the way up, I noticed a stick or something on the edge of the driveway. Turned out to be a whitetail deer antler -

As I noted on the journal page, I haven't found any sheds in a couple of years, so I was pretty happy with this find. After making the above sketch yesterday, since the sun was out, I took the dogs for a hike and to soak up some vitamin D. When I got down into the draw next to Uncle Al's property, I saw that the little seasonal stream, despite temps in the teens was still flowing. Snowpack is down, so I hope this moisture is being stored below ground somewhere down hill.

On the way back I spotted a small pile of moose poop - different from elk or deer because it's a light tan color. The pellets weren't very big, so from a younger animal, and probably what the dogs were barking at early this morning.

My next find was another (!) shed whitetail antler. I gave a "woo - hoo!" and looked closer. By now I wasn't very far from the house, and I was anxious to compare this antler with yesterday's, and it certainly looks to me like they are a pair.

The one on the left was Friday's find.

The one on the left was Friday's find.

This led to another sketch for my journal. Both antlers had been shed pretty recently; the bases still had a bit of pink to them.