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Barking Stag by Neutron2K Barking Stag by Neutron2K
A red stag barking as we enter the rutting season. this guy was BIG. Unfortunatly light was very harsh by the time I got to actually photograph any of the red deer.

Theres a deer cull going on and when I arrived in place at 6am - I wasn't allowed through until 8am for ';public safety'. What waste of a great mornings light, let alone 100 mile drive and petrol to go with!

This was shot under the shade of a tree. I apologise for the burnouts in the background but there was just NOTHING I could do about it. I hate the light after the first 2 hours of the day - I really do and it winds me up when my best laid plans suddenly get stopped dead because of moronic human acts.
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halomoon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the picture the way it is but is there a hole in the front of his eye?
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Does appear so. I think its his tear ducts or somthing. never really noticed it!
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halomoon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol ok, few XD
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
cull ... that's a laugh. I recon they should have let them be and let them cull some crappy drivers.
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
and hunters!
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
I don't mind hunters so long as they are doing it with respect.
I'd FAR FAR FAR prefer to eat an animal, wear it's fur or leather and use it's bones for carving or something, than eat just a few cut's from some poor wretch of an animal.
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Animal fur should be banned. Hunting should be banned unless its for protection purposes and to prevent one species from being phased out from another. Theres really no need for it most of the time, especially not fox hunting
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
"Animal fur should be banned. Hunting should be banned unless its for protection purposes and to prevent one species from being phased out from another"

Would you say the same for fish? Moluscs and insects? Plants? I'm not trying to pick an argument here, I used to vehemently oppose fox huunting for example. Now I just don't really understand what the right thing to do is. I greatly admire vegitarians and vegans but now I also greatly admire people like the Kalahari bushmen for example. The whole situation for me now is extremely complicated.

I guess what I'm asking is, where is the line?
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
the line would be killing for fun or for no purpose at all. Survival is fine, protection is fine.

I also do say the same for fish if its (for example, tuna) being severely over fished and endagering the species existence.

I'm not a vegetarian or vegan but mostly I only eat chicken. I supposed thats because the chickens were specifically bred for the food chain and their in abundance (if that makes sense).

If somthings killed for food out of necessity and everything is used (fur included for things like warmth but definatly NOT designer clothing!) then its ok with me.

Its mostly hunting for pointless fun that really f's me off.
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I meant fishing by line as opposed to the industrial scale fishing nets - purely from a sustainability perspective and because it would benefit poor fishermen rather than soul-less immortal corporations.

"I only eat chicken.."
So you also be ok eating a wild food if it was breeding in abundance?

I think we'd probably agree on the fur front - if I'd killed and eaten an animal I'd like as little as possible to go to waste. I detest the whole idea of being extravagantly wasteful as status symbol.

"Its mostly hunting for pointless fun that really f's me off."
I presume you mean ONLY for fun - where the target is mearly a trophy? In which case I 100% agree.
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
oh recreational fishing is fine with me providing the fish is thrown back :) Doesn't seem to cause any harm altough fisherment piss me off when they winge about cormorants or herons taking all THEIR fish. Um hello, they have more right to the fish than you do!

I'd eat wild food if it was a neccesity for survival and there was nothing alread 'processed' near by lol.

re. hunting - yeah for fun purposes and not those of convservation or protection or self defense etc. i.e. just going out to kill things for no reason but entertainment.
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
cracking pic though =)
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:noes: NOOOEEESS!
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
eh?
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's the stags expression. ;P
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justeline Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
:rofl: love the way he's peeking at you: "Hey, you got that or shall I keep on posing?" :thumbsup:
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant capture
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like how detailed this is due to the focus. to me the lighting still looks ok as it;s mixed with the more shaded area provided by the tree.
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
yeah would of been so much better in early morning light though - especially as picking up the breath in the air from the stag would of just made it.
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andy-j-s Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
If This Is At Bushy You Should Have Asked I Could Have Told You The Cull Is Taking Place At The Moment And Saved You The Wasted Journey. :)
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
ah it wasn't totally wasted. At least I know their roaring at the moment :) Should be listed on their bloody website somewhere.
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andy-j-s Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Yeah I Know But It's Always A Disappointment When You Can't Get In Early When
You Have Made The Effort To Get There.

I Have Been A Few Times Recently But Never At The Right Time For Decent Light.
I Might Try For Some Evening Light Over The Weekend.

Just To Let You Know They Will Be Culling Again In November. :)
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
yeah you need the FIRST 1 - 1.5 hours of day light. After that its too harsh. Alternativly last hour of daylight but they lock the gates at 7 now which doesn't leave much time grr.

Gonna have to find the herd in the New Forest. I've never seen red deer down here but theres a herd of 150 somewhere near brokenhurst.
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andy-j-s Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Good Luck With The Search. :)
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madrush08 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
My screen does strange things to photos sometimes. But to me this is a beautiful shot. Very beautiful buck.
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Girolamo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
moooo
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matt-wltr Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
ah well, i dont really care about the burnouts in the back. i think it's still a great shot! ;)
i like the way the stag looks in your direction. how far were you away?
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
roughly 16ft I think. At some points suicidally close after the stag decided to move towards me. I was stalking this guy constantly for two hours for a clean open shot but didn't ever get one.
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