Deer Tracks in Fresh Fallen Snow


In early winter I ventured into the snow-covered Oak Savannah area of the eastern Columbia River Gorge. This is a favorite habitat of blacktail deer.

I wasn’t disappointed. Deer tracks were seemingly everywhere, as were deer beds, deer sign and areas where they had been feeding. 

As I increased elevation on the east side of Catherine Creek, the  snow became deeper. By the time it was 14 inches deep I had gained around 1,600 feet of elevation.

There were no signs of any other hikers, but still plenty of sign of deer and a few coyotes.

My hike was about eight miles in total, taking me close to the northern boundary of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area.

And yes, I did spot 10 deer. I’m confident another dozen or so spotted me.

I nice day indeed!

Blacktail Deer feeding

Blacktail Deer feeding

Frosty Ponderosa Pine needles

Frosty Ponderosa Pine needles (notice the deer tracks)

Hoarfrost

Hoarfrost

Blacktail Deer bed (their body heat melts the snow)

Blacktail Deer bed (their body heat melts the snow)

Your Humble Scribe was taking a break on the lip of the canyon

Your Humble Scribe was taking a break on the lip of the canyon

Tracks: a Blacktail Deer and a bi-pedal predator

Tracks: a bi-pedal predator and a Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer had been feeding alongside the Oak trees

Blacktail Deer had been feeding alongside the Oak trees

Small pond

Small pond

A stormy view up the Upper Catherine Creek Canyon

A stormy view up the Catherine Creek Canyon

 

 

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Exciting! Nice pictures of the snow covered landscape. Here in South Africa, where I live, we only see snow upon high mountain peaks when it’s really cold. It’s our summer now with temperatures ranging from 30 – 37 ‘C – very hot. Enjoy the winter wonderland!

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  2. Love the pictures.

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